"If there's a threat such as a snake in the thatch, the mothers will carry their babies in their mouths," Ian tells The Dodo. "If the snake chases them, they might drop the baby and run for their lives. We've had many over the years, falling from the roofs and rafters in a similar manner. At one stage we had 10 volunteers at Daktari, and each one had a baby squirrel!"
The baby squirrel, named "Compton" after his rescuers, hadn't opened his eyes yet, so the Merrifields guessed he was only 4 or 5 days old.