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Squirrel taken from Utah to Madison returns home

Uinta Ground Squirrels (Photo from: Mscalora/Creative Commons).
Uinta Ground Squirrels (Photo from: Mscalora/Creative Commons).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A squirrel that was taken from Utah to Wisconsin is back home.

It all started when a truck driver lured the rodent into a box trap at a rest stop on Interstate 80 near Utah's border with Wyoming. 

After she arrived in Madison, the squirrel was given to a family as a pet -- but she was too wild for those people, and they turned the squirrel over to a wildlife sanctuary two months later. 

The rodent was a Uinta ground squirrel. Sanctuary officials later learned that the species thrives in Utah and Wyoming, and they were afraid the squirrel would not survive in Wisconsin. 

They were planning to fly the rodent back to Utah, but a former assistant agreed to drive the squirrel back since he was going on a backpacking trip there anyway. 

The critter is now at the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehab Center in Ogden, where they're getting the squirrel back on a proper diet. 

Meanwhile, the center is coming up with a name -- and it's taking votes on its Facebook page. They're trying to choose between Amelia and Madison. 

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