Your morning adorable: Baby squirrel kicks like a dog while being scratched

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We were absolutely entranced by YouTube user molly1216‘s video of the sleepy young squirrel she rescued enjoying a good scratch.

When she found the squirrel, he was ‘dehydrated and losing body heat,’ Molly explains. She placed him under a heat lamp and ‘was trying to warm him up with a little massage’ when the video above was recorded. The result, of course, is alarmingly cute: Who knew squirrels kick their rear legs like dogs when they’re scratched in the right spot?

Certainly not us. But now we do, and we think this new information makes us love squirrels even more than we did when we first found out about the Squngee.

After this video was recorded, Molly brought the squirrel to a wildlife rehabilitator who cared for him for a time before releasing him back into the wild. We love a happy ending almost as much as we love a cute squirrel!


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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: molly1216 via YouTube