Rocky The Purring Squirrel

by Elisa Black-Taylor

A friend of mine just sent me the idea for this story, but I’m laughing so hard I’m not sure I can write it! Readers, you’re going to love this one. It’s taking place as we speak in Carthage, Mississippi where Rocky the purring squirrel has a new stepmother who is-well….a cat.

This is the story of Emmy the cat who had kittens at about the same time a baby squirrel needed a mommy.

A woman found a baby squirrel who had fallen out of a tree and she was unable to return it to it’s nest. So she did what she thought was the next best thing and put the squirrel (later named Rocky) in the box with Emmy and her new litter of kittens This woman wasn’t allowed to keep pets where she lives, so she called her vet. Her vet referred her to Jim and Karen Watkins of Carthage, Mississippi. The Watkins couple operates Central Mississippi T.A.I.L.S, which stands for Taking Animals Into Loving Shelters.

Jim and Karen now have 18 felines total after the newest arrivals, and one very confused squirrel. Emmy seems to understand her part in this just fine. She washes up her adopted baby, feeds it with the rest of her litter, and gets upset if Rocky isn’t where she wants him to be. As you can see in the video, this is a very loving cat with a very special family.

Rocky is a little off track with his new behavior in being raised as a cat. He now allows himself to be picked up and petted. He’s also starting to purr, just like his brothers and sisters! Of course, now that Rocky is living a cats life in a squirrel’s body, the Watkins family now realize they’ll have him as a permanent house guest. House cat…um…house squirrel.

He would never be able to survive in the outside world on his own.

His adopted cat family will probably always be jealous of his climbing ability. Now that is saying something about the climbing skills of squirrels.

I really hope a follow up is done on this story as Rocky gets older. YouTube can carry his latest videos. I know I’d subscribe. He’ll be famous. I feel sure everyone would be curious to see how well he adjusts to his life as a cat.

Have a great day everyone!


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Sep 15, 2010
Rocky the squirrel.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Unbelievable,. Reminds me of a “National Geographic video” where a lioness had adopted an antelopes foal, unbelievable facts. Sadly, that foal was later killed by some other lion but was always protected by the lioness during its brief existence, following it like a cub.

Sep 15, 2010
by: Dee


Sep 15, 2010
I’m Still Laughing
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

I was all set to go to bed when my friend Dixie sent me the YouTube link. I had to write this. Mainly to give you a good laugh to balance all the bad you have to endure about cat abuse.

We have white squirrels not far from where I live. I wish I could actually photograph one.

The park where I used to go walking before I moved here had a bridge and squirrels would sit on the bridge and wait to be fed. They were very tame.

Sep 15, 2010
by: Michael

I love the bit where Rocky is purring when stroked. I think this might help change some people’s perception of squirrels. It shows how adaptable squirrels are. Heck, the squirrel could have been domesticated 10,000 years ago instead of the cat! There would have been a Squirrel Fanciers Association and purebred squirrels with squirrel shows by now.

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