After Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans last month, a certain 15-year-old stepped forward to help a few struggling little souls Bailee Vilavaso and her family were forced to evacuate their home during a strong storm, but not before she helped save the lives of three squirrels.
She discovered their nest on the floor after it fell from a nearby tree due to the hurricane-force winds.
She found three baby squirrels inside and with no mother in sight, so Bailee knew she had to help. She ran home to grab a box and a towel.
She said: “I dried the squirrels with a towel and put them in a box lined with bedding. “The squirrels are extremely lethargic and gather to stay warm.”
But she didn’t stop there…
Bailee contacted a vet to learn about raising and caring for squirrel babies. She became their official adoptive mother.
“When the squirrels have finished eating, they started to gain energy. After about 24 hours, they are strong enough to run and play,” Bailee said. “The squirrels started climbing and running on me.”
She named them Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.
When Bailee evacuated her home, she took the squirrels with her, keeping them safe, and apparently, the squirrels appreciated her.
She said: “I contacted several animal rehab centers, but was told they were overwhelmed with squirrels after the hurricane. “I will continue to go to animal rehab centers.”
Before one returns to her, she is happy to take care of the little fur babies.
“I’m definitely an animal lover!” Villavaso said.