Spotted on The Daily Mail UK:
Nodding off at your keyboard? This tiny palm squirrel can fall asleep ANYWHERE (but it prefers its owner’s shirt pocket)
- Wildlife film maker Paul Williams, 34, took looks after the tiny palm squirrel
- Has cared for the animal, called Rob, after it was separated from its mother
- It travels with the television crew, but is often caught napping on the job
- Rob enjoys an impromptu snooze in many places, including a coffee mug
Sleeping on the job is something every employee wishes they could get away with. But those who have tried and failed to take a quick nap on their keyboard without detection would do well to take a few tips from this baby squirrel.
Because the tiny animal, called Rob, has proved he can sleep almost anywhere, from the inside of a coffee mug to its owner’s laptop.
The baby palm squirrel, was taken in by wildlife film maker Paul Williams, 34, after it was separated from its mother and has spent a month nursing him it back to full health.
During the day, the palm squirrel sleeps in his owner’s breast pocket to keep safe and warm, and when it crawls out, it has been seen catching forty winks in a coffee mug, outside a temple and on the side of a tree.
Mr Williams was in Sri Lanka filming leopards and ancient temples when he found Rob in a car park in the dark. He said: ‘I thought he was dead until I noticed a little twitch. I scooped up his weak, cold body and warmed him in my hands.
‘My first thought was to try and put him back with his parents in the nest, so I put him into a safe spot as high as I could in the tree that I guessed he had fallen from. I covered him in a layer of tissue to help him keep warm. I hoped his mum would be looking for him and would hear him squeaking.
‘The next morning I came down to check on him, but he was still there.’ Mr Williams, from Bristol, persuaded the rest of the crew from the BBC’s Natural History Unit to use high-tech equipment to search for the baby squirrel’s family.
He said: ‘We searched the area for any sign of other squirrels but we didn’t spot any. We then used our thermal camera, which we are using to spot and film nocturnal animals in the car park. It’s great for showing warm patches where small animals are nesting.
Unfortunately it showed us no thermal hotspots in any of the trees where Rob could have come from. I couldn’t just leave him. He would have died if I hadn’t have found him and so for now he’s an honorary part of the crew.’
Mr Williams has started nursing Rob the squirrel back to full health. He feeds the squirrel baby formula using a plastic syringe. The robust rodent, who was found in Wilpattu National Park in Sri Lanka, is fitting in with life among the television crew.
He added: ‘It’s not the smoothest of worlds to grow up in as we are often travelling large distances in vehicles packed and loaded with kit, and we spend all day – and much of the night – in the field.
‘I’m concerned about monkeys and stray dogs getting hold of him and so I tend to keep him in my breast pocket during the day so that I can keep him warm and feed him regularly. Since he opened his eyes he’s also become much more active and he doesn’t like being in his box.
He’s jumped out once and to my surprise he ran straight into my hands where he curled up and fell straight to sleep. My aim was to fatten him up, get him strong and then find a solution for releasing him. I can’t bring him home, as much as I’d love to try. I understand that squirrels don’t make the best of pets so it would be best to be able to reintroduce him to the wild.
‘I’m looking into animal rescue centres or looking for someone to continue raising him and reintroducing him slowly.
‘But for now I think I’m the safest pair of hands he has as in the past I’ve worked at an animal rescue centre in America to rehabilitate and release animals, mostly birds of prey, back into the wild.’
Rob is an Indian palm squirrel which are distinctive due to the three stripes across their back. Palm squirrels, so named because they often make their homes in exotic trees, are usually weaned by their mother for ten weeks. They can live for more than five years in captivity.
Credits:Daily Mail UK
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