'Squirrel Whisperer' nurses babies to health in Hudson

 Hudson, Wis. has its own squirrel whisperer.

Some call Hudson, Wis. man Dan O'Connor the "Squirrel Whisperer," He claims he can communicate with the wild, and if you don't believe him, it's hard to argue with the results.

O'Connor's neighbors kept bringing him injured baby squirrels. The equipment he uses is found in most kitchens, and the "medicine" is simply a combination of peanut butter and milk fed through an eyedropper. So far, he has nursed 11 baby squirrels back to health.

"I named him squirrely, everybody else after that, was called, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11," he said.

O'Connor is a welder for a railroad company, but he watches a lot of nature shows on the side.

"I watched a lot of nature shows, it was always National Geographic, and wondering what they're doing," he said.

So, his curiosity and heart for animals, has earned him the nickname, "Squirrel Whisperer." Once they get better, he sends them off into the wild. However, at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, executive director Phil Jenni says people who find wild animals should never try to rehabilitate them on their own due to the risk of injury or disease. In fact, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says anyone unlicensed to treat wild animals can also be cited.

"Again, I don't know what's going to kill me. It's not going to be baby squirrel spit. I guarantee that," O'Connor contended.


said until recently, he was unaware of these rules, and is now in the process of getting a license to care for wild animals, but until then, he promised no squirrel in need will ever be turned away.

"If there are orphan baby squirrels out there you just can't leave them," he said.

Depending on the injury, O'Connor said most of his orphaned squirrels get better within a couple of weeks, and he's always been able to nurse his patients back to health.

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