Contrary to popular belief, contractors don’t only manage construction sites, they do so much more.
They not only have to assemble materials, but also be on the lookout for any wildlife that might appear and address some issues if they arise.
Well, one such issue needed some quick addressing on a construction site in Missouri.
When a contractor in Missouri came to his job site one morning, he noticed that somebody had beaten him to it.
A family of squirrels was running around the site, making the man have to direct them back to safety.
After clearing the site, the man finally got to work. He took a can of nitrogen, shook it, and aimed its nozzle into a gap, releasing some resin-based foam.
Unfortunately, the worker didn’t notice that there was still one stray squirrel on the site. In its attempt to escape, the squirrel jumped straight into the wet foam.
The poor guy was instantly covered in something that becomes as hard as concrete when it dries.
The worker swiftly got the squirrel out of the foam and took him to the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center (MWRC).
“The contractor acted very quickly, removing as much foam as possible before rushing the squirrel to the Wildlife Rescue Center,” wrote MWRC on their Facebook.
At The Clinic
The workers’ quick thinking made a huge difference, but the squirrel still needed some professional help.
The MWRC staff had to figure out how they were going to get this poor guy out of this quite unusual situation.
At the Center, the animal care team worked against the clock to carefully remove the foam using cotton swabs and vegetable oil before it fully hardened.
They worked in small sections and stages. They even used some pain medication and sedatives in order to calm the squirrel down and make him as comfortable as they could.
Their first order of business was to clear his airways. They swabbed his mouth and nostrils, allowing him to breathe properly again.
Then, they cleaned his eyes and worked their way to the other parts of the foam that were restricting his movements.
They took off as much as they could, and they finished the first day by giving him some fluids and providing him a warm space to spend the night.
The next morning, the staff was back to work. After some time swabbing away, the squirrel was finally foam-free, nice and clean.
Even though there were patches of his skin that were raw and red, the little guy was happier than ever.
We are still keeping a close eye on his condition, and he has a long way to recover, but we are amazed by his current progress.
The brave guy still has some recovering to do, but the staff is very positive and optimistic.
The staff at MWRC is extremely proud that they managed to help out this little guy, and they are more than happy to assist him in his healing journey.
They can’t wait for the day when they can return him back to the wild where he belongs.