By Anonymous - United Kingdom - Norwich
Today, I found a baby squirrel on the pavement and thought I'd try and rescue it. While I googled what to do, it started running around. I tried to grab it, but it ran straight into the path of a car. FML
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By  HappyItalian  |  38

I would've at least tried to take care of it the best I could and bring it to a safe place first before googling what to do next. Animals won't wait for you forever, you know.

  bthny  |  9

It really depends on the animal. For squirrels, the mother will come get the baby and take it back to the nest as long as she can find it. If a person moves it, she may not be able to. It's also possible that the baby was actually a juvenile and fully independent. As long as OP was reasonably close to the baby, there wasn't much risk of another animal getting it, and if the animal dies from something else in the time it takes for you to google it, taking it inside probably wouldn't help. Since the animal could run around, it probably wasn't that hurt, and it likely would've bolted when OP tried to pick it up anyway.


(dude dying due to gunshot wounds on sidewalk)
op: oh wait are you okay?
do I look okay?
op: I dont know let me check
wait I was joking im dying
op: oh wait it says your dying
I know I just that
op: what are your symptoms?
just take me to the hospital!
op: (typing) urges to seek medical attention... hmm thats odd it says you might be dying or suffering from an illness
I know!
op: what do you want me to do?
CALL THE #%*•€#%*#%^###}^~~}€ hospital!!!!
op: wheres that? is it in the area? i never heard of that hospital before? have you been there?
Noo! just call 9-1-1
op: (calling)
op: oh wait bad reception
oh never mind woops I ran out of minutes do you want to wait for the 7th of octerber or pay me 30cents a minute
aAaaahh I dont care!!!
op: hmmn yeh hello I need assistance... my emergency? is it an emergency?
op: yes i think so he has illusions of a hospital i never heard of... its called THE #%*•€#%*#%^###}^~~}€ hospital!!!!
No thats not what I meant!!
op: oh they hung up what do you want me to do?
ahhh help me stop the bleeding
op: bleeding? hold on let me google that
oh #%*^ this

By  HappyItalian  |  38

I would've at least tried to take care of it the best I could and bring it to a safe place first before googling what to do next. Animals won't wait for you forever, you know.

  tbro47  |  23

Yea but that can backfire, a lot of times wild animals will abandon their babies if they smell humans on them. Even semi tamed cats have been known to kill their kittens after they were pet by someone.

  jttorkildson  |  21

I'm sure that part of the rationale of googling the squirrel was learning how to safely handle it. A squirrel may be small but they are still a wild animal and can severely injure someone, especially if they're carrying a disease. There was a squirrel on my college campus that attacked people multiple times.

  writerchic85  |  25

Yeah it always annoyed me when I worked at the pet store when people brought in wildlife they "saved". It was always rabbits. People don't realize mama rabbits aren't always present on the nest and wind up stealing babies. Also the people who "saved" box turtles off the road and then decided to keep them in captivity the rest of their life afterwords.

  sturschaedel  |  27

I saved a turtle once. It was in the middle of the road, so I carried it to the side it was heading to. The thought of taking it home never even crossed my mind. How do people come up with that idea?

By  Snano  |  15

One time, my 120lb mastiff/lab mix found a little nest of bunnies. But no, his "killer" instincts didn't kick in, instead he gently carried one inside and tried to make it play with him by nudging it with his nose.

  LoverWordsFood  |  27

At least yo7 have a cute story, better then when my father discovered two bunnies in the backyard, one half eaten. Apperently my dog thinks they were play things but ended up killing them. My dad praised her while I was picking up the bodies and tearing up because they were very young. My dog is a bunny killer and I hate it.


#20 Your dog is a dog. He's a descendant of an apex predator and thus has a prey drive - I'm pretty sure he knew exactly what those bunnies were and didn't confuse them with anything. The dogs who will adopt local wild life and invite it to play are the exception, not the rule. There's really no point in 'hating' that behaviour because it's completely natural and expected from a domesticated wolf.