A woman has hand-reared a squirrel – taking it for walks on a harness and keeping it warm in her cleavage.
Daveene McCallion, 52, took the animal in a few months ago after it came under attack from magpies in her garden.
The mum-of-three from Bristol called the kit Sandy and decided to nurture her back to health.
She even created a special room for Sandy – pulling in two huge tree trunks to make an indoor woodland.
The squirrel quickly became part of the family with Daveene taking her for walks in a custom harness.
But the animal lover has been left devastated after the rodent disappeared over the weekend and she is now appealing for Sandy’s safe return.
Daveene is also offering a £50 reward to anyone who finds Sandy.
Daveene said: ‘There’s a lot of people looking for her – it’s been amazing. Sandy won’t survive in the wild. She’s only very, very young.
‘She’s tame and friendly and a much-loved family member. There’s a reward of £50 for her safe return, alive. I’m still waiting.’
Daveene, who has rescued several animals, said she took Sandy in a few months ago following the bird ambush.
A loving relationship soon developed – leaving Daveene and her children upset when the squirrel vanished.
The mum added: ‘I’ve rehabilitated a lot of old animals. I’m really into nature and conservation. All manner of animals can be trained.
‘But you can’t detain Sandy like a natural house pet. I wouldn’t put her in a cage – she has far too much energy!
‘I’ve often kept injured or orphaned animals and birds down my cleavage. She liked to snuggle up there as it’s warm and safe.
‘I put her in my bra to keep warm at the very beginning. She snuggled around and I thought she was looking for a more comfortable spot – [but] she was actually looking for a nipple!
‘She found it, so I quickly took her out of my bra and went to buy a bottle. She was then okay to sit in the cleavage and drink from the bottle.’
Daveene had to make some changes to her home to make it safe for Sandy and her family.
‘I made the rooms “squirrel-proof” and brought in two huge tree trunks, so we made a little woodland area in the corner,’ she explained.
‘Sandy also ended up with her own bed on top of my wardrobes and a little blue harness.
‘She’s been a wonderful pet. She would run around like crazy. I’ve got a dog called Sparky and they would play together.’
Daveene said Sandy has been spotted in the local area and further afield in nearby Bristol in recent days.
Unfortunately for Daveene though, it is illegal to keep or release grey squirrels under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and killing the rodents is legal.
This means there may be some tough decisions to make if Sandy is returned.
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