EL PASO, Texas (KFOX) — This week, some little but wild critters were celebrated across the nation.
National Squirrel Appreciation Day was January 21st, but a Texas rescue and sanctuary appreciates them year-round.
Stick House Sanctuary helps rehabilitate different wildlife, and squirrels are just one of the many species you'll see at their rescue.
Last year they rescued and rehabilitated 23 squirrels in El Paso and released all of them back into the wild.
There are over 200 species of squirrel, but Stick House organizers said they mostly see rock and spotted ground squirrels.
The wildlife rehabilitators help nurse and raise young squirrels or treat injured ones before releasing them back to the wild.
Many are found and brought to the sanctuary, but others are rescued from homes. Unfortunately, some people think they can be pets.
It is illegal in Texas, as well as in most states, to own wildlife. If someone is keeping a squirrel as a pet, residents are urged to contact their local animal control agency.
Stick House Sanctuary would like to remind the community to respect the little wild critters and urges people to reach out for help if they see a stranded baby squirrel or injured one.