Turkey the squirrel enjoys internet by holding woman’s hand in viral video
A rescue squirrel named Turkey has captured hearts on the internet after a video showing him holding hands with his former caretaker went viral.
The video was posted on TikTok Monday by Cindy Jenkins (@pipthebabysquirrel), the Turkish “Momma”. The post already has more than four million views and 500,000 likes.
The video was shot by Jenkins and begins with Turkey approaching, who is sitting on the ground near a parked car.
“Well hello,” Jenkins says from behind the camera as she squats next to Turkey. “Are you just waiting for me, Mr. Turkey Ass?”
She starts petting the squirrel and asks, “What are you doing, honey? What’s going on today?”
As she continues to pet him, Turkey reaches out and grabs one of Jenkins’ fingers with his hands. The two stay like this until the end of the video.
“Turkey is a rescue squirrel that was released along with his sisters about a year ago. They have all stayed close, have nests and babies,” Jenkins told Storyful. “Turkey is sweet and gentle, and although he is now a wild squirrel, he still loves his mother.”
According to The Humane Society of the United States, young squirrels that constantly approach humans are likely abandoned by their mothers.
In most cases, it’s best to call a rehabilitator and let them handle it; however, the Humane Society said that if a baby squirrel falls from a nest, a squirrel nest falls from the tree, or a felled tree contains a squirrel nest, a person can intervene.
“If the baby and/or their nest fell from the tree today, give the mother squirrel a chance to reclaim their young and move them to a new nest,” said The Humane Society.
When it’s cool outside, The Humane Society recommended that people put the baby squirrel in a shoebox with a heating pad or hot water bottle. To prevent the baby from overheating, the organization said to place a flannel shirt between the baby and the heating device.
If the mother doesn’t return for her child by dusk, keep an eye on the baby and call a wildlife rehabilitator. For more detailed instructions, click here.
Commentators swooned over Turkey.
“What a distinguished gentleman,” said Midge.
“I just love that, oh my gosh I love it,” suzieq164 commented.
“Awww so cute and very special to be able to get close to a squirrel,” added juliamontalvo822.
“That’s the cutest thing I’ve seen all day,” said Joe Ramirez Jr.
“How precious, those hands,” said DB. “Wish the squirrel I feed every morning [did] Which. He just walks away.”
Jenkins posted a follow-up video on Tuesday showing Turkey climbing on and around Jenkins’ body as she feeds him.