Kidnapped Utah Squirrel Returns Home for the Holidays

The yet-unnamed critter returned to Utah on Friday and is now recuperating at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.

Friday, Nov 29, 2013  |  Updated 9:07 AM CDT
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This Tuesday November 26, 2013 photo courtesy the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah shows a Uinta ground squirrel resting in it's temporary home at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden. The squirrel that was kidnapped from Utah by a truck driver, carted hundreds of miles away to Wisconsin and then rejected by her adopted family has returned home for the holidays.

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A squirrel that was kidnapped from Utah by a truck driver and then rejected by her adopted family in Wisconsin has returned home for the holidays.

The yet-unnamed critter returned to Utah on Friday and is now recuperating at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.

The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the squirrel's saga, which began when a truck driver at rest stop near the Utah-Wyoming border lured her into a box.

When she arrived in Wisconsin, she was given to a family near Madison as a pet. They surrendered her to a wildlife sanctuary after two months.

Sanctuary officials realized she might not survive since the Uinta ground squirrel isn't naturally found in Wisconsin, and enlisted a former wildlife center employee to shuttle her back home.

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