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Virginia woman earns ‘Squirrel Whisperer’ nickname after critter leads her to its injured baby


A Virginia woman out for a hike ended her day outdoors with a nutty story that’s earned her the nickname of “Squirrel Whisperer.”

Tia Powell was walking along a trail at Kiwanis Park in Virginia on Sept. 20 when a squirrel raced in front of her and blocked her path, according to the Pulaski Police Facebook page.

“The squirrel stood in her way on the trail,” the viral post reads.

“After realizing that the squirrel did not mean any harm and wasn’t going to leave her side, Powell turned around and the squirrel led her down the trail to a baby squirrel with an injured leg.”

Powell, unsure of whether she could provide the fluffy-tailed critter any aid, started to walk away but “the squirrel followed her again and actually tugged at her pant leg!”

She then realized a cat had been threatening the family of squirrels and called the police department for help. When authorities arrived on the scene, Brown was waiting for them, the squirrels at her side.

With the help of the officers and a friend, Jasmine Brown, Powell was able to return the squirrels to the tree which they appeared to be living in.

“A huge shout out to Tia (aka: The Squirrel Whisperer) and Jasmine!” authorities said. “Had Tia not been willing to trust her instincts that something was wrong, this might have had a very different ending! Thanks ladies!”