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Looking back: Lisa was just nuts about pet squirrel
7:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Teenager Lisa David and her new companion were nuts about each other.
Scuv the squirrel, derived from Lisa’s name for squirrels when she was a toddler, was taken to Grove Lodge Veterinary Hospital in Worthing after being run over by a pensioner in an electric wheelchair.
As soon as the squirrel spotted Lisa, who was working at the hospital at the time, he jumped up on her shoulder.
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From that moment on he refused to leave her side.
When awake, Scuv would run around Lisa’s clothes and sit on her shoulder like an obedient parrot.
But when it was time to sleep, he furry friend liked nothing better than to curl into a ball for a snooze up Lisa’s sleeve.
The 16-year-old, who lived in Ashington, said: “A woman brought him into Grove Lodge after seeing him run over while she was out walking with her children.
“She took him home and tried to release him back into the wild but he just kept appearing at her back door wanting to come into the house and be with the family.
“He wouldn't go away so in the end she brought it into Grove Lodge. Scuv hasn't really left my side ever since.
“He is a real character.
“Most people think it's a bit strange that he has clung to me but he's adorable, and I am really attached to him now.”
Not afraid of living on the edge, Scuv even rode with Lisa on her moped, clinging under the seat until they arrived at their destination.
But the close-knit pair had to be separated while Lisa sat her GCSE exams, so the squirrel would spend his days snoozing in her coat pocket which hung on her bedroom door.
Luckily, Scuv turned out to be well house-trained and would squeak to alert someone he needed to relieve himself, thankfully leaving Lisa’s clothes intact.
The pair remained inseparable and Lisa continued to care for Scuv until he was fit enough to be released back into the wild.
ON THIS DAY
1959: Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled TV programme shown in colour.
1992: NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space.
1994: Frank Eugene Corder crashes a singleengine Cessna 150 into the White House's south lawn, striking the West wing and killing himself.
2003: Johnny Cash, American singersongwriter, guitarist, and actor dies.
2011: The 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public.
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