"We realized she was picking up a lot of weight," Serfontein said. "We knew she made a few squirrel friends but also thought that she was not yet sexually active. We then discovered that she was pregnant."
Dingetjie decided to stay in the house most of the time during her pregnancy. She made a nest in a drawer using toilet paper. Then one night, the couple returned from dinner and realized that something sad happened.
"She was not in the bed or anywhere to be found," Serfontein remembered. "We thought she left, and because she was pregnant, she might have decided to be wild after all. But that was not the case."
Dingetjie was in labor in her toilet paper nest. "We had to assist her during birth as she fell asleep and did not have any energy to complete the process," Serfontein said. Sadly, the baby was stillborn.
"I believe she was not ready because she was barely 6 months old," she said.
Just over a year later, though, Dingetjie started looking similarly plump. She returned to the house and was given as many rolls of toilet paper as she wanted to construct a new nest. In fact, she constructed several nests around the house.