All sorts of critters get inside people’s homes to avoid outside disturbances, but this particular visit was special. There, on the bed, sat the most precious surprise hidden under a pillow: two animal babies nestled on the duvet. But what was their discoverer to do with them?
One of the babies is now known as Little Thumbelina, and she doesn’t just have a name right out of a fairy tale. In fact, she has an origin that sounds just like one too. But her story is true, and it begins on a chilly morning in March 2016 in New York City.
A construction crew working in the city that day actually destroyed a nest belonging to Thumbelina’s mother. This left the creature homeless as a result. However, the expecting mommy’s survival instincts led her to an alternate birthing spot.