A chipmunk who nearly drowned in a paddling pool has been revisiting his rescuer. The girl who saved him, Krissy, has since noticed the adorable rodent stopping in his tracks whenever he sees her near her home in Milford, Pennsylvania.
The tiny animal was saved by Krissy, who usually raises ducks, after he became “saturated by water” and lying lifeless in a kiddie pool.
“I saw that there was something in the kiddie pool and I was like, ‘I have to save him right now’,” Krissy said. “I couldn’t tell at first that it was a chipmunk because he was so saturated with water.”
“Luckily, he was alive,” Krissy realised.
Worried that the rodent would drown, Krissy removed him from the pool and wrapped him up in a towel in a bid to help him get warm and dry.
“I put him a towel, I tried to dry him off as best as I could,” she explained. “You could tell that he knew I was saving him and that he knew I meant no harm to him.”
She then set up a makeshift shelter for the chipmunk, keeping him cosy in a box while she got in touch with a wildlife organisation.
“I put him in a nice box, I put him in the towel, I immediately called my local wildlife rehabilitator and they told me it would probably be fine.”
They advised Krissy to offer the cute rodent food and water to eat and drink “to get his energy back up and go back to being a happy chipmunk”. The animal-lover then left some duck food out for the chipmunk, and saw that he was “doing good for a while”.
Soon after, the chipmunk went into shock. Krissy said: “He started being super shaky, he seemed like he was in shock. For a while, he couldn’t move. I was definitely nervous.”
After a while, the chipmunk came around, and started to move again and Krissy “started feeling really good” about his progress. “I was like, ‘thank goodness, he’s gonna be okay’ because I was so worried about him.”
Around half an hour after the chipmunk had a drink of water and a bite to eat, he left the safety of the box and went back out into the wildlife.
The chipmunk is now thriving in his natural habitat after being saved by Krissy.
“I still see him and I know, I can tell which one he is because he always just kind of stops and looks at me now, and it’s like he can recognise me.”
You can watch the adorable video below:
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