The story of Brantly Harrison and her family’s relationship with a squirrel named Bella is a heartwarming tale of compassion and the bond between humans and animals. In 2009, they discovered a four-week-old squirrel on the brink of death after an owl attack. Instead of letting nature take its course, they decided to intervene and save the squirrel’s life.
They brought the squirrel home and cared for it, naming her Bella. What started as an act of kindness turned into a deep bond between the Harrison family and Bella. They nursed Bella back to health and, when she was ready, released her back into the wild.
To their surprise, Bella returned to visit them a year later. She continued to visit them regularly, becoming an honorary member of the Harrison family. Bella even had a special connection with their dog, Sweet Cid, and the two animals would eagerly await each other’s visits.
One day, Bella signaled to the family that she needed their help. They discovered that she had injured her foot and promptly took her in for care. It was then that they realized Bella’s true purpose in visiting them. She had brought three baby squirrels with her, as if to introduce her new family to her human family.
This heartwarming story exemplifies the profound connections that can exist between humans and animals. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of showing kindness and compassion to wildlife when necessary, while respecting their innate instincts and capacity to thrive in the wild.