Zippy the stowaway squirrel travels from India to Scotland secretly on a ship
A squirrel named Zippy ended up thousands of kilometres from home when he stowed away on a ship that travelled from India to Scotland. Identified as an Indian palm squirrel, the rodent is being cared for at The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Center, or NEW ARC in Aberdeen.
The rescuers said they were contacted by Pest Solutions when the group was responding to the squirrel which had been captured by crew members of the Deep Explorer, a diving support vessel.
NEW ARC immediately agreed to take in the three-striped squirrel captured three days before the crew set sail on the three-week voyage from India to Scotland that ended Tuesday.
“He was indeed a ‘Palm Squirrel’ or ‘3-striped Squirrel’, one of the commoner Indian Squirrels, very fit and active and faster than a speeding bullet earning him the name ‘Zippy’,” the animal shelter said in Facebook post.
After being stressed initially, the mammal is holding up and eating well as rescuers based in Aberdeenshire consider rehabilitating him to a permanent home.
"They looked after him and were feeding him grapes to keep him well after they took him into custody," Keith Marley told The National.
"In an ideal world we would like to return him home but it's unlikely we will be able to return him to India," the rescuer said.
"We will be checking zoos to see if anyone has this variety of squirrel in their collection in the hope that we can donate him so he can live out his life with his own kind and will hopefully have a comfortable life."