Baby Squirrel Impales Himself on Tiny Thorn, Rescuers Know They Need to Act Fast


Babies are notorious for getting themselves into trouble. They are so curious about the world around them that sometimes accidents happen.

But what happens to baby animals who are not under the watchful eyes of a mother?

Sometimes, as one baby squirrel found out, imminent danger could be looming just off a tree branch.

Rescuers found the squirrel hanging from a thorn up in a tree, and knew they had to act fast if there was any hope of saving its life.

The two-week-old squirrel was dangling several feet above the ground with a tiny thorn stuck in its back, and the rescuers tried to find a way to get high enough to reach him.

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“We have to get the baby down,” the woman said.

They first tried to stack a chair on top of a table in hope that they would be able to stand on top of the rickety tower and reach the baby.

“This doesn’t look too safe, I’ve got to say,” the man said.

They decided against climbing the wobbly chair stack but had to improvise quickly as time was running out.

The rescuers backed a truck underneath the tree and the man climbed on top of it to try and reach the squirrel.

“I’m all thorny. Imagine this poor thing,” he said as he reached into the tree.

The squirrel could be heard crying for help as the rescuer reached up to try and take the thorn out of the baby.

He wiggled the thorn out of the baby’s body, wrapped him up in a towel, and took him to safety.

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“Oh this is part of life,” the rescuer said. “This is why we love animals and wildlife.”

They are currently nursing the squirrel back to health since he is still small and vulnerable.

He is called “Thorn, ’cause it was stuck in a thorn tree.”

We are glad to see the baby is in good hands until it can be released back into the wild.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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