Injured squirrel saved by efforts of 19-year-old in Turkey’s Batman
Rüzgar Alkan found the heavily injured squirrel in the forest and took it to a nearby veterinarian. The vet, however, was unable to help with limited means in the remote province.
“I found it in the woods. It couldn’t move. I had to do something so I took it to a veterinarian in the center of Batman, using what little money I had. The vet said the situation was serious and an expert vet should check it, so we started researching what we could do. ” Alkan said.
Alkan eventually contacted Tayfun Demir, an animal lover in Istanbul who is also breeding a squirrel. He then delivered the injured squirrel, who he named “Alf,” to Istanbul by bus.
In Istanbul the squirrel was operated on for six hours, during which platinum plates were fixed in its four broken legs.
“Squirrels are considered like a species of mouse. So they are killed immediately wherever they are seen. But they are living creatures that can live in harmony with people. Awareness needs to be created in Turkey in this regard,” said Demir, who adopted the squirrel after the operation.
“I would like to thank Rüzgar, who has helped to save the squirrel’s life, and the vets who helped bring it back to life,” he added.