Pyotr Pankratau And Minsk: Soldier Rescues Squirrel, Takes Him To New Job (PHOTOS)

Pyotr Pankratau was a soldier in the Belarussian army when he rescued a weak baby squirrel on the verge of death. Two years later, Pankratau is now a taxi-driver, but the squirrel never leaves his side.

 Soldiers in Belarus found the feeble baby squirrel and brought him to Pankratau, who was their warrant officer. Pankratau took in the tiny squirrel, feeding it like a baby every four hours until it returned to health.

"He was lying unconscious under the tree. There were worms in his mouth and right eye, I took them out. However, two weeks later everything got back to normal. I fed him with baby food and milk through a syringe ... Then his teeth came out and he started eating himself. Half a year later I vaccinated and registered him," Pankratau told Euro Radio.

The squirrel, dubbed Minsk, stayed with Pankratau throughout his military service. Now, two years since the rescue, the pair continues to be inseparable.

 Pankratau has left the army and works as a cab driver. Minsk is never too far from him, taking up the role of assistant cab driver. Minsk is very well trained and keeps to his designated areas in the cab, lying in his bed on the dashboard or peeking at Pankratau through the wheel.

"I don't show him to everyone. I mean, what's the point? Why disturbing him all the time? I show him to kids," Pankratau said. (SOURCE)
 Check out these totally adorable photos of Pankratau and Minsk:

Photos courtesy of Sodahead.

Responses to "The Story Of A Soldier And The Squirrel Who Never Leaves His Side"

  1. SASS says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    sooooooooooo cute

  3. Anonymous says:

    Such a heart-warming story!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love This <3

  5. Anonymous says:

    nice story xx

  6. samantha says:

    awww!! that is just the most adorable story!! :)

  7. Sooo cute! I love it! What a sweet guy to save him and take care of him! That's awesome!

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a lucky squirrel to run into such a blessed being...May all humans show anilmals and humans such kindness...

  9. Anonymous says:

    This world is blessed to have people like this who care about all of God's creatures.

  10. Anonymous says:

    All humans should take this as a lesson in compassion for others,no matter what species .....all life is precious! Dk

  11. Anonymous says:

    fantastic story and photos just goes to show that there are still some good people about

  12. Anonymous says:

    So very precious!! :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    who wouldn't like to have a little friend like that
    sleeping by your side, and go everywhere with you ?

    it proves that true love realy exists

  14. Anonymous says:

    You,sir, have a life long friend and your cat too :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    What a heartwarming story!

  16. Anonymous says:

    These are the most precious photos.please take a look at them <3

  17. Anonymous says:


  18. Oh my God, that is such a wonderful story and the ending is amazing. That little creature loves you and your cat. The pictures melt my heart. You are a good person and these beautiful animals are so lucky to have such a good friend. God be with you and his beautiful creatures. <3


  19. Anonymous says:

    Renews your faith in mankind...

  20. gwenda west wales says:

    thank goodness that there are people that will help animals instead of hurting them. that story was so lovely and i hope they enjoy each others company for many years to come.

  21. Anonymous says:

    OMG I love you!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Such a sweet story ! He is so cute . Blessings to the man who rescued him, it is good to see people still care about and helping


  24. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful story :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    I have always loved squirrels, this was just heartwarming..bless the kind soul.<3

  26. Anonymous says:


    humanity should embrace all kinds of living species in the world care for them and respect them I believe, instead of destroying them or worse, getting profit from that destruction and devastation.

  27. Anonymous says:

    What a heart-warming story. Just so special - Thank you :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    this site is a source of great joy in my life, so many wonderful stories like this. Thank you for sharing, I emailed it to the other animal lovers in my life. ;)

  29. Anonymous says:

    The bond of love is very strong..

  30. Anonymous says:

    awesome now if more people could do the same for others humans or animals blessings

  31. What a nice man.

  32. Anonymous says:

    very nice story.kind.

  33. Anonymous says:

    So cute this unbreakable bond. Love IT!!!!!! xoxoxo

  34. Anonymous says:

    A very beautiful story. Good luck ! Yvan (from France)

  35. A amizade dos animais quando bem tratados. Uma bela História !

  36. we do have ppl out there that have a sweet sole bless you for what you have done.

  37. Anonymous says:

    True love. Just being kind. We had one when i was a kid. Followed my grandmother around all the time.

  38. What a wonderful cute!

  39. Anonymous says:

    I tried to save a baby red squirrel but it died 4 days later...very nice story!

  40. Anonymous says:

    That is awesome!

  41. You should be commended, sir

  42. Anonymous says:

    beautifull story and a sweet lil creature,and a man with a heart of gold

  43. traci says:

    We had one for 10 years.. chip..she played just like a cat.. we lost her in a house fire.. :'( they say they live up to 20yrs in captivity..have fun :)

  44. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful story but can he trust that cat?

  45. that is love and kindness ..thank you for your story ,nice to see people everywhere on this planet who are caring for all creatures in need !

  46. Anonymous says:

    Aaaaaaaah, I'm dying of cuteness!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Awesome story!...My parents had one that they rescued, it was fun going over there and having it climb on us, but they didn't keep it, when it was big enough, they brought it to their cabin, and let it go free...My mom also nursed a Blue Jay back to health, when I was younger, and when she set it free, it kept coming back, and pecking on our door, to come in...

  48. Anonymous says:

    how sweet!!!

  49. That is super adorable! Very sweet of the soldier to nurse the squirrel back to health. You don't usually see that.

  50. Anonymous says:

    That is just Awesome you found the one thing that was meant for you to find and that was that sweet little life that you saved.

  51. Anonymous says:

    God works in mysterious ways between human's & animal 's. Brought tear's of joy to our heart's to witness the compassion between the three ��! God bless the man who took time to aid the little squirrel & bring back to life. The little squirrel showed his love for the guy ,who help him & nursed him back to a healthy little squirrel. God bless,Punchy & Kevin �� ��

  52. Anonymous says:

    What a Wonderful Heartwarming story, absolutely loved reading this, and the photos are great

  53. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful story.God bless you for being so kind!!!!! Amazing the cat welcomes him too as his friend! :)

  54. Now that's a REAL MAN....How precious.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Dang, that's too cute!

  56. Glad says:

    I wish all men and women where this compassionate and wonderful.

  57. Morgana says:

    So heartbreaking, I love them both

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