Why need toys when you already have a hyperactive little brother from another mother?
Normally, we all see the blooming relationships between 2 similar species, but we are more likely to be amazed when the bond happens to different ones. Dogs and cats, cats and mice, dogs and panthers, dogs and birds, cats and chickens, and so on. Sometimes it’s because they have the same predicaments, the same colors, adopted at the same time, or simply it’s a click inside one another’s. No one could explain how and why these wholesome moments have happened but that is how Nature is.’
In 2017, on a cold day, upon the tree at Mel and Wil’s backyard, a tiny red squirrel was chasing from the danger of 2 other grey squirrels. He was tiny and helpless in Wil’s palm when he tried to rescue the little squirrel. The couple was in awe of his survival chance because he was severely injured and he could barely live. The squirrel’s hind legs were not stable, which is called Cerebellar ataxia, an inability to coordinate balance, gait, extremity and eye movements.
“I was just getting ready before work one morning and there was a little bit of a ruckus in the yard. What I saw was 2 gray squirrels chasing around the tiny red one. The one was flopping all over the place so I wanted to break it up.” – Said Wil.
“I just went over and scooped him up, put him in my palm He immediately curled up, I think he was very cold.” – He continued.
They knew that Tommy would not be safe with his drawback, so they kept and took care of him. Thanks to kind-hearted humans, Tommy the squirrel was whopping healthy and swift shortly after that. Later, when the couple was assured about Tommy’s health and behaviors, they started to be concerned about how their ginger kitty Jack would react when he saw a new member.
The ginger cat is known for its human-like personality, they behave and show affection just like what we normally express. But surprisingly, when Wil and Mel introduced Tommy to Jack, the odd friendship suddenly exploded. The cat is very gentle with his sharp claws, he keeps an eye on his little brother every time, he is patient with Tommy who appears frantic and playful. The sweet and mellow Jack loves playing with a red squirrel, their human parents said they couldn’t have anything done when they were around.
The reason might be because Jack could feel himself in his brother. Jack was also a rescued one, he was a stray cat and was adopted by Mel and Wil at Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue in 2016. When Jack saw Tommy, it was like big compassion and empathy between the two, so the friendship has been second to none.
“He [Jack] is a real gem, he’s really not a typical cat. He’s very, very, very gentle. They were both super curious about each other.” – The human dad said.
“When Jack is a little more rough than Tommy likes, Tommy basically gives a little bit of a chirp, and Jack just lets him go.” – He continued.
The family is happy together, all the weariness or struggles of Mel and Wil are quickly forgotten because of the presence of an inseparable duo. They turn a house into a home, where only contains laughter, happiness, and joy. Tommy loves to mimic what his big brother does, from taking naps, lounging on the chair to scratching the same post. Tommy’s favorite part is Jack’s tail, he can hop around and play with the ginger cat’s wiggle tail all day. Looking back at what they all have been through, Wil and Mel never feel regretful with their decision since that was absolutely right, for both Jack and Tommy.
“There’s just so much more laughing and giggling in our lives because they are here.” – Said Wil.
Even though Tommy’s excitement was further from Jack’s and his parents’ expectations, they are still hoping one day Tommy the red squirrel will come back home soon.