when i was young, i helped raise a squirrel

This is me and my squirrel. I'm about four in this photo.

Back in the day, my dad (among many other things) did animal rehabilitation. People would bring him injured and orphaned creatures and we would nurse them back to independence before returning them to the wild. We had raccoons, rabbits, owls, snakes, and just once, orphaned squirrels.

This little guy eventually returned to life in the trees. I had named him Sparkle, but he ended up going by Sparky.