A heartwarming tale has unfolded at a farm in Tayport, Fife, where a baby red squirrel, known as a kit and estimated to be about 6 weeks old, found comfort and warmth under a caring hen.

The squirrel kit was separated from its mother and was spotted sleeping under a chicken for several days. The hen, apparently unfazed by her new companion, seemed to provide the squirrel with the warmth and comfort it needed.

The Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was alerted to the situation and intervened. The squirrel is now being cared for at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire, a center that cares for over 10,000 animals each year. Animal rescue officer Beth Galbraith described it as a “very unusual but also a very cute” rescue.

Red squirrels are endangered in the UK, so it is important to care for any orphaned or injured squirrels that are found. The hen’s compassion for the orphaned squirrel is a touching reminder of the empathy found in the animal kingdom. It is also a reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference.

If you find an animal in distress, please call the Scottish SPCA’s helpline at 03000 999 999. They will be able to provide you with assistance and advice.

You can help the Scottish SPCA by donating to their wildlife rescue fund. Your support will contribute to the ongoing care and rehabilitation of animals like this baby squirrel, ensuring they have a chance to thrive in the wild.