This is the story of Rob the Sri Lankan palm squirrel and how he was rescued after his mother left him alone in the wilderness.
Paul Williams, a filmmaker working with BBC Wildlife, found Rob as he was walking through the forest. He thought the baby squirrel was dead until he saw a twitch of life. After wrapping the squirrel up for warmth, he left it in a safe spot nearby tree, hoping that its mother would find it. When he checked in the morning, however, he was still there. It is unclear why his mother left him, but she may have been captured by a predator.
That‘s when Williams broke out the big guns, talking the rest of the BBC Natural History film crew into using their high-tech thermal imaging cameras to search the trees for potential squirrel nests. After they failed to find any, Rob joined the film crew.
In order to help Rob regain his strength, Williams has been feeding him with a syringe filled with formula. Baby palm squirrels feed from their mothers for up to 10 weeks, which is probably why Rob has been so trusting of the film crew, which provides him with food and cozy places to sleep. Williams, however, eventually had to say goodbye – he has returned to the UK, leaving Rob with a high-class hotel in Sri Lanka that will feed him until he is ready to leave.