VIDEO: 2-Legged Squirrel Gets Around with Tiny Set of Wheels

When a young man in the Turkish province of Batman discovered a squirrel with her front legs caught in a trap, he immediately sprung into action to try saving her life. Nineteen-year-old Ruzgar Alkan’s logical first step was to take the injured squirrel to a veterinarian. Unfortunately, her injuries were too serious to be treated there.

The squirrel’s bleak outlook took a positive turn when Alkan connected with a man named Tayfun Demir. Demir already owned a rescue squirrel and was happy to help the injured critter. He was even willing to adopt the squirrel, who’s since been named Karamel, and who traveled about 700 miles from southeastern Turkey to her new home in Istanbul.

During her recovery, Karamel received top-quality care from specialists at Istanbul Aydin University, where she underwent two surgeries. Due to gangrene, her legs couldn’t be saved. Instead, Karamel was fitted with a prosthetic device that enables her missing front legs to be replaced with wheels.

While her wheels will take some getting used to, Karamel’s mobility has been saved, thanks to her dedicated team of caretakers and her caring rescuer, Ruzgar.



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38 Comments

  1. Anne grice

    I wish in Turkey people are inspired to show more kindness to all animals and not treat them like what is happening. Thankfully this Squirrel found the humane kind people, he was lucky.

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  2. linda Wiltshire

    Ruzgar thank you so much. How clever is that set of wheels.

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  3. Bill MacArigacus

    In Turkey? Very lucky squirrel ♥

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  4. patricia

    This made my day. Giving so much time and knowledge to help this little squirrel. I feel better about humanity after seeing this.

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  5. AprilM

    THIS is an uplifting thing to see! Someone cared enough to help this hapless little squirrel! THANK YOU!

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  6. Mary J

    So nice to see a story involving human kindness toward animals!

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  7. Kimberly A Hagerty

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACT OF KINDNESS IN RESCUING THIS BEAUTIFUL SQUIRREL. ALL GOD CREATIONS DESERVE TO BE HELPED. ESPECIALLY THE ONES WHO ARE UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES. I LOVE SQUIRRELS.

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  8. Rebecca Wilks

    To JMAR and Johanna… it sounds like you would dispose of anything that had a disability… that has to struggle. A bullet and a gun… what a solution. Living things can adapt to change and this little squirrel can be an ambassador and give voice to all the poor creatures that are maimed by ugly, cruel human beings. At least both these individuals found a place in their hearts to save her which obviously wouldn’t have been something either one of you would have done. Again, a bullet and a gun… I hope either of you don’t come across an injured animal… we all know what the outcome will be!

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  9. Rebecca Wilks

    We need more people in the world like Ruzgar and Tayfun… you both are true heroes!

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  10. Micheline Bochet

    Félicitations et longue vie a toi ALKAN l’ami des animaux …..
    C’est merveilleux ce que vous avez fait
    Puisse Dieu faire que le monde devienne comme vous

    Merci infiniment pour avoir secouru ce petit être …

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  11. Carol

    Thank you for not treating her as vermin. This is wonderful but she will never climb trees again.

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  12. Barbara Rowe

    Thank you all for taking care of Karamel.

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  13. Judy

    So many people do not care about little wildlife like squirrels. This beautiful story shows true humanity by saving the little ones in God’s Creation. Bless all of you and a special blessing to Ruzgar and Tayfun. How wonderful! To care so much for the little ones.

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  14. Johanna

    This is not s good story! Is this truly how a squirrel wishes to spend its life? A human might have a choise do decide what matters to him/her, but someone has made a choise for the squirrel because they ”love squirrels”. Really? What does the squirrel love? Isn’t that what should matter?

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    • patricia

      why would you not see it as a positive thing? This squirrel can live and enjoy being loved and cared for. Should it just have been killed and have NO life at all? The work they developed to enable this squirrel to scamper around and have fun can help many others in the future. Sad you don’t see that. Think the squirrel would choose death?

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  15. Mel R

    WOW A GOOD STORY!!! I LOVE SQUIRRELS!!! I HAVE REHABBED BABIES BEFORE AND IM SO GLAD THERE ARE ACTUALLY SOME OTHER DECENT PEOPLE OUT THERE WILLING TO HELP ANIMALS!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE AWESOME AND I LOVE THEM!! HOWEVER THESE VETS ARE JERKS!!! THE ANIMALS ARE STILL LIVING BEINGS AND NO VET SHOULD TURN AWAY ANY ANIMAL JUST BECAUSE OF THE KIND OF ANIMAL IT IS!!! ITS BULLSHIT!!! AND I HOPE THE ASSHOLE WHO PUT UP THE TRAP GETS TORTURED AND KILLED!!! AND ALSO THEIR PARENTS GET PUNISHED FOR RAISING THEM TO BE SUCH A SCUMBAG PIECE OF SHIT!!!

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    • Sandra Velez

      They should put a trap on the man’s balls whoever did this.

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  16. Shasha

    Put the wheel more center? Ozone may help infections/gangrene and more. Ozone can be used by people/pets/wild life. Antibiotics may hurt the gut lining/lower the immune system/lower Mg/hurt mitochondria/wipe out good bacteria in the large intestines/become resistant to them. I am glad they helped the squirrel.

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  17. JMar

    Just put that freaking squirrel out of it’s misery and end the science experiment already! The squirrel is obviously not enjoying itself on that crazy contraption and if it had dexterity, a gun and a bullet, that stupid video wouldn’t have been made! Sorry but you know it’s true. Once the operations didn’t take they should have respected nature and the squirrel’s short lifespan.

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    • P Miller

      What part of “nature” put the squirrel’s legs in a trap to begin with? That sounds like a cruel human being’s doings to me! Thank god there are people who have enough of a heart to try to give the poor baby some kind of life, even though it won’t be the one that it was born to live. It’s people with a mindset like yours that give humans a bad name. No kindness or compassion towards other life forms. When you harm them, you do harm to your own spirit/soul, as we are all energetically connected. You may not understand that yet, but if you stick around for a while, you will.

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  18. DR THOMAS AMBROSIA

    BRAVO to the young mans response and the care giver.
    May HE bless you 100 fold for the kindness you have shown to HIS animal friends.
    Thank YOU

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  19. Peggy

    God bless these people with good hearts towards God’s creatures.

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  20. Anya

    So happy for you Karamel. Thank you Alkan and Tayfun ! And for the other rescue squirrel too !

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  21. Leanne

    Thanku Ruzgar for rescuing Karamel. Thanku to all those people who worked on Karamel and made it possible for her to be able to get around.

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  22. Donna

    That is so cool,lucky little squirrel to have all those wonderful people fall right into place and do that for her.

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  23. Donna

    That is so cool,lucky little squirrel to have all those wonderful people fall right into place and do that for her.

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  24. Tisa

    Thank you. You both are wonderful. Kindness is an amazing quality.

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    • Tisa

      Also , why are those horrible, sadistic traps still allowed. They should all be confiscated and destroyed. And outlawed. Anyone who uses one should be fined heavily and jailed. Also they should have the “pleasure” of having their leg in a trap to get the full effect of what it’s like to be caught in one.

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  25. judi

    What a wonderful man to do what he has done to rescue this adorable squirrel and give
    him a chance at good life. He will be safe with this man who will care for him for the rest of
    his life. His rescuer renews my faith in humanity – world needs more like him! God Bless.

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  26. Misty

    There is beauty in the world – the two of you just proved it. God bless you and the Karamel.

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  27. Eva Tervala

    Must that poor squirrel be prisoner all his life ?
    Even short life as free is better than long life as a toy in small box !
    I don’t like this at all. Let the poor thing be free.

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    • Gayle Shumate

      The squirrel can’t live free. It couldn’t run, jump, climb trees, find food, dig holes to store nuts for winter, or escape from predators. But since it has to live in captivity it has a loving caretaker that’s gone the extra mile to ensure it has the best quality of life possible.

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  28. Rebecca Soubra

    Thank you for helping this sweet squirrel!

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  29. JANICE

    How sweet that someone would take the time and effort to create something like this for that poor squirrel! Most people wouldn’t do anything to help the poor creature!! ❤️❤️

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