Although the animal kingdom offers many heartwarming stories, one thing is certain – animals never cease to amaze us!
Especially with the kindness and affection shown towards those in need of help. And not just once, this empathy has transcended species boundaries. This time, a mother cat and an orphaned squirrel are rocking the animal world!
Uncertainly though, this little guy named Rocky might be the only squirrel in the world who thinks he’s a cat. And not only because he was raised and feed by a cat, but he also has some habits from his adoptive family – such as purring, for instance. If you’ve ever thought that only cats could meow, then please reconsider it.
Besides his kitten skills, Rocky is fortunate to be alive. That’s because, when he was only a few days old, the unfortunate squirrel had a feeling for a tree, and his life has changed dramatically since then.
Thankfully, the poor thing was rescued by the family in the backyard he felt there. However, they didn’t know too much about raising a wild animal, but since Emmy, the cat had just given birth, they decided to give it a try and introduced the orphaned squirrel to the cat.
A bold move immediately paid off when Emmy took care of the baby squirrel like her own. The cat’s affection saved Rocky’s life, but being raised by the cat led to some new habits. Now, Rocky thinks he’s a cat, and he even growls – like his kitten siblings – when petted.
On the other hand, according to wildlife experts, squirrels have their own way of purring – only it’s quite unfamiliar to us – so while Rocky has learned to purr, he would have done it (in a way) anyway.
“Squirrels make that humming/snarling sound when they are happy to see someone, and they want to play, cuddle or eat,” said Lila Talcott Travis, Director of Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue in Oakland, explained.
Watch Rocky and his adoptive family in the video below!