Somewhere along the way, however, Pursley made a mistake. Sweet Squirrel was supposed to be wild squirrel. He was supposed to return to his own kind. But Pursley had waited too long to release him.
"I didn't know what I was doing in the beginning," Pursley recalls. "We were just basically trying to keep him alive.
"By the time he ended up becoming an adult and I looked at releasing him," he says, "I realized I had already done way too much wrong to be able to release him."
This squirrel was simply too tame to survive in the wild.