A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following returned back to nature, Daily Times reported.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took Willamina the one-eyed squirrel from Emily Istre of Lafayette.
Istre created an Instagram account for the squirrel, @one_eyed_willa, and posted some images.
The images show of it eating off a plate, snuggling with her or hanging out in an elaborate indoor treehouse.
In videos, she sings a lullaby to it and does yoga while the squirrel scampers underneath.
The account gained more than 1,600 followers, but she found that caring for a baby squirrel is exhausting.
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“It’s like having a toddler on meth,” Istre told in an interview.
Istre said she started caring for the baby squirrel in mid-March, after her mother found it alone in her backyard, dehydrated and with an infected eye.
She tried to contact the state wildlife agency and people who rehabilitate squirrels through a list on the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries website.
But, with coronavirus restrictions shutting things down, she said she received no response.
So she did online research about how to care for the animal, and things took off from there.
Melissa Collins, a wildlife biologist and permits coordinator for Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, said it is illegal for anybody to rehabilitate wildlife without getting a permit through the agency.
Collins said the agency remains in operation during COVID-19 restrictions.