Firstly Happy New Year one and all!
So I’m getting straight to it! Want to introduce you to Simone Serfontein from South Africa.
In 2016 she found a little baby squizza (squirrel to you!) who had fallen out of tree. Mom was nowhere to be found and the little mite was screaming blue murder for her.
So Simone took her in. She was around 5 days old with a pink belly and no hair. (I’ll let those jokes write themselves in your head!)
For the first few weeks Simone fed her every hour setting an alarm to get up and feed and bathroom the squizza which was eventually named Dingetjie.
Little Dingetjie hardly left Simone’s side. She was taken to work and could be found sleeping somewhere in Simone’s clothes huddling in the neck area or in a pocket for warmth.
Simone had tried making a little shoebox bed for Dingetjie but she much preferred sleeping with her new mother.
When Dingetjie became old enough Simone decided it was time to release her, but Dingetjie had other ideas. So whilst she would spend time outside, she would still come back home at night to snooze, (so…like most teenagers!). When Dingetjie became pregnant, rather than use a tree she made a little toilet roll nest in a drawer in her human home for her baby.
Whilst giving birth Dingetjie would keep dozing off! Who knows if this contributed to the baby’s demise, but unfortunately it was stillborn.
Dingetjie had another baby who got to use the same toilet roll nest as her stillborn sibling. This one made it through the birth and was named Tinkie. Unfortunately Tinkie also succumbed after only a few months.
And then came little Mistie…
…Who has been thriving since with her mother….
Aww! Never mind all of that other rubbish, this is a nice start to the year eh?
You can see more of Simone, Dingetjie and Mistie