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'Marky Mark' the squirrel will come when his rescuer calls him

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Marky Mark the squirrel isn't much of a rapper but he was named after Mark Wahlberg because he's literally a "Lone Survivor" -- like Wahlberg's last movie.

"We hear kind of the uproar of the party and we're like 'Wow they're really having fun over there,' next thing we know we hear 'Fire!' We're like 'What?' and then we hear 'baby squirrels!' We're like 'What is going on?" the man said.

Marky Mark's rescuer, we kept anonymous...why? Because rehabilitating a wild animal is actually against the law if you don't have a permit.

But when our mystery rescuer saved the little guy from an electrical fire by a swimming pool during South by Southwest weekend, he did leave him there for several hours hoping his mom would come back to get him.

"So we went to Snoop Dogg, came back and he was still there so it was like 'Well we have to take care of this squirrel now,'" he said.

So he nursed the fire-singed squirrel back to health and eventually let him back into the wild.

Now Marky Mark has a nest right in his rescuers front yard...and yes, he comes when he's called.

Hayley Hudnall with Wildlife Rescue in Austin says it's true...rehabilitating a squirrel without a permit is illegal.

She says anyone who comes in contact with a hurt wild animal, call them.

"We will tell you either how to get it to us or how to get it in a box. Or if it's fine where it is and it's not injured, sometimes people mistake animals for injured when they should just be on the ground, you know learning to be a teenager," Hudnall said.

Our rescuer says he expects his buddy will someday pack his bags and hit the road anyway.

"Oh yeah, definitely. Once he hits squirrel puberty, he's gonna be searching...going to find 'Mrs. Marky Mark," he said.

For more information on Wildlife Rescue of Austin, click here

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