Man Bottle Feeds 'Exhausted and Weak' Baby Squirrel His Dog Found in Park

A tiny rescue squirrel struggling to drink milk from a baby bottle has melted hearts all over the internet, after the man who found him shared footage of his rescue on social media.

In a video posted on TikTok last Sunday, by @Marksteenadamson, the baby squirrel, later named Casper, can be seen struggling to drink milk from a baby bottle, while grabbing the man's finger with its little paw.

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CASPER Coco and I found a baby squirrel in the park on the ground crying, exhausted and weak. So took him home, as it was clutching to my hand and wouldn’t let go. So we went to late night Tesco and got some puppy milk and a baby bottle and I just bottle fed him and but him to bed in a box and blanket. Super helpful Chloe on Tesco check out @chloearnold4 (who also turns out to be a photojournalist student 👍🏽) named him Casper and he’s now sound asleep. Getting up early for morning feed...#squirrelrescue #bottledmilk #squirrellife

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Marksteenadamson and his dog, Coco, a Patterdale Terrier, are already quite known on the platform, in fact their profile, which often shares updates about Coco's life has over 21,000 followers.

The post also features a caption that says: "CASPER. Coco and I found a baby squirrel in the park on the ground crying, exhausted, and weak. So [we] took him home, as it was clutching to my hand and wouldn't let go.

"So we went to late night Tesco (A UK grocery superstore) and got some puppy milk and a baby bottle and I just bottle fed him and [put] him to bed in a box and blanket."

According to hunting and survival tips blog ROC, the estimated number of gray squirrels in the US is around 2 billion. Squirrels have a lifespan of around six years, but around 41 million of them are killed only by motor vehicles each year in the US.

In new video updates that Coco and his owner have shared since the rescue, the squirrels can be seen doing much better, climbing their garden tree.

The video has attracted a lot of users, some of whom are interested in daily updates, and has so far received over 11,900 likes, 311 comments, and 79 re-shares.

Most users loved the video and wished the baby squirrels well. One user said: "This is too sweet the way it's holding your finger, my heart."

Another user suggested: "Maybe use a syringe from a medicine bottle."

While another added: "Try feeding it milk with one of those medicine syringes. I did the same when my cat forgot one of her kittens."

A fourth said: "I am invested! please updates every day."

Some users also praised the man for his kind gesture. One said: "You are a kind soul. Bless you for rescuing him but maybe take him to a vet, just to be on the safe side."

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A stock image shows a squirrel climbing up a tree. The video of a rescue baby squirrel trying to drink milk from a baby bottle has gone viral melting hearts all over the internet. Getty Images