He Rescued This Bizarre Creature From a Sidewalk, But He Had No Idea What It Would Grow Into

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Florida local Jeff Longo found a creature dying on the sidewalk in the heat of the intense summer sun. What this man with no prior experience of raising any animals would soon find was that he had discovered a newborn flying squirrel. The poor creature had little to no chance of survival, yet Jeff vowed to try his best to nurse it to good health. This heart-warming encounter happened in 2013 beginning on a scorcher of a day in Tampa, Florida.

Found on the road

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Unidentified & Undersized

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At first, Jeff had no idea of what the creature was and became ridiculed by his friends for even attempting to save it. Without having any idea of what he was taking care of, he took it home and began to welcome it into his family. Longo said that the poor creature was half-dead when it found it and he was compelled to take it to his St. Petersburg home. Whatever the creature was, it was clear to Jeff that it was severely undersized and weak to the brink of death.

Meet Biscuit

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Jeff decided to name the little one Biscuit and began hand rearing the critter. At just over half an inch in total length, handling the delicate animal was a complicated matter. No one knew what Biscuit was and neither could anyone tell the sex. It was only later on that Jeff was capable of researching Biscuit as more unique identifying features developed.

Healthier and Healthier Grew Tiny Biscuit

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As the weeks went by, Biscuit began to strengthen and grow a coat which made identification much easier. Even with the adorable mass of fur taking form, identifying the creature was extremely hard. Jeff continuing to raise the little one, while helping it adapt to other family members.

Getting Used to the Family

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As you can see in the picture above, even the family dog managed to adapt to the presence of loveable little Biscuit. The fact that it was completely unknown didn’t stop any member of Jeff’s family from falling head over heels with the tiny, furry one.

Biscuit Hits Reddit

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There was almost no resource which Jeff did not turn to in his quest to identify the smallest addition to his family. When he posted images of Biscuit to Reddit hoping that someone would be able to determine the little monster, all that he received was naysayers proclaiming that he would never be able to raise the creature. Jeff would not give up!

Perseverance Pays Off

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Eventually once Biscuit had grown into its full form, it was identified as a female southern flying squirrel. Knowing this, Jeff could continue to raise Biscuit on an optimal diet of nuts, seeds, and insects. He could also build her the perfect habitat, finally easing many of his worries. 

Biscuit’s Strange Separation from Her Mother

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Flying squirrels are known to be nocturnal creatures who reside safely in the care of their mothers for at least two months. Once she was identified, the mystery remained of how exactly this little one became separated in the first place. She was a newborn when he first found her and Jeff’s speculations of her being undersized were confirmed.

Hand-rearing Biscuit – First Hand

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Through Jeff’s unrelenting passion to keep the poor little animal alive, she grew to a healthy size. Hand-rearing a baby squirrel is an extremely time consuming and delicate task. As with any rodent at such a young age, during its formative phase, it needs to be fed between six and eight times a day. This creates a feeding schedule which runs throughout the day and night. At first, she was fed a mix of puppy formula and heavy cream.

Taking Care of a Baby Squirrel

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Not only did Biscuit need to be fed, but she also needed to be comfortable, warm and her urination had to stimulated regularly with a warm cloth. Due to a baby squirrel’s extreme dependence on its mother, Jeff had to spend almost every hour of the day with Biscuit for two months straight. Once Jeff knew what kind of animal she was, he had to make the switch to a strict feeder formula to ensure her the best nutrition possible.

Happy, Healthy and Out of Harm’s Way

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You can see the happy, bright eyes of a fully healed and well-nurtured baby southern flying squirrel. Biscuit grew steadily thanks to the love and attention given by Jeff. During the challenging journey, the only thing that was taxed was Jeff’s energy levels. Keeping this little one healthy took waking up at all times of the night, but thanks his devotion she was never truly in harm’s way.

Cuter and Cuter by the Day

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As the days passed, Jeff became more and more attached to this increasingly cute and quirky little pet. As the picture above quite clearly shows, Biscuit was happy to do whatever it was that allowed her to spend more time with her companion, savior, and caregiver.  As you can well imagine, this is but one of many countless poses found for this fluffy star.

Where Jeff Goes, So Does Biscuit

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While it must have been quite taxing to handle the little one being in your pocket during every moment of the day at first, over time she inadvertently became easier to handle. In time young Biscuit became nothing but a pleasure for Jeff to carrying about everywhere, snugly tucked away and forever learning quicker.

Domesticated and in Love with Her Owner

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Biscuit has developed into one of the most adorable furry critters to be seen. She is completely at ease in the presence of her owner Jeff and therefore gets up to lots of naughty but adorable antics. As you can see, Jeff has thought up many ways to highlight the cute factor of his one-of-a-kind pet.

Playful and Part of the Family

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Today you can find Biscuit in perfect health, and she even has a great relationship with the four-legged friends which make a part of the Longo household. Jeff did, however, admit that despite the friendliness shown, he still has to keep an eye on his dogs to make sure that they don’t squash the tiny one accidently. 

Almost Lost, Once!

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The tiny domesticated squirrel has adjusted to living indoors quite well. It was only once that Jeff had the fright of his life when he thought that she was missing. However, he had no real reason for concern as the very next morning he found her sound asleep in his bathtub. She is currently so well-behaved that Jeff allows her free-roam of the house whenever he is around.

Little Fluffball

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Jeff affectionately refers to Biscuit as his “little fluffball.” She owns a huge cage for the short amount of time that she is left alone at home. She is extremely friendly towards both people and humans, filled with a curiosity which would otherwise be her downfall in the wild.

Completely at Home, In a Cage or Out

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Biscuit makes for the cutest sight, whether running playfully around Jeff or tightly tucked into one of her pouches. Her favorite place is without a doubt Jeff’s front pocket, although she is perfectly happy being spoiled with treats while sitting quietly in her hammock.

He Showed Reddit Haters How

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Once it was clear that Biscuit was one of the happiest, healthiest flying squirrels around, Longo decided to remind Reddit users “I posted pictures on Reddit that day and had a bunch of know-it-alls tell me she would die, because I am not an animal rehabber. Well, Biscuits is about three months old now and is super awesome… and healthy. Her favorite food is pecans and she enjoys jumping on everything and terrorizing the dogs.”

Too Young to Ever Be Released

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Due to the very young age of which Jeff found her, Biscuit will never be allowed to return to the wild. She, however, lives a happy, fun-filled life full of activities and interactions. Jeff shares “She runs around me like I’m a big tree… then jumps on things and then jumps back… gets excited… starts chirping… rinse and repeat,” You will be hard-pressed to find a happier rodent anywhere!

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