Dangers of dumpster diving

January 17, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Beloved albino squirrel saved by student

Culture | Amanda Ahlm

Dangers of dumpster diving

Photo for The Clarion courtesy of Danny O'Brien.

Saving a life comes down to a moment in time. It is a moment of chance in which everything works out to bring a person to a certain place during a moment of crisis.

For sophomore Ben Price, this moment was 11:30 on Thanksgiving morning. Price, a Bethel football player, was still on campus for practice that morning. Practice got out, the sweaty football players changed out of their practice-wear and walked back to their dorms.

With Thanksgiving break on their minds, many may have just walked past the crisis situation. Not Price. He came upon his friend and teammate Danny O’Brien standing by the Arden Village West dumpsters with a hockey stick in hand.

“You need to come look at this,” O’Brien said. Price went over to find the small head of the famous albino squirrel, a woodland creature revered by students.

He touched it to make sure the animal was still alive, and this was met with a reassuring squirm from the squirrel.

With the hockey stick, the O’Brien-Price duo tried to push in the squirrel’s head, to no avail.

Price knew that something had to be done if he was going to save this prized Bethel creature. He took his extra shirt from practice and jumped into the dumpster.

Once in, he made the decision to try to wiggle the squirrel out of the hole, with slight trepidation that the maneuver would hurt instead of help the animal because of how small the hole was.

“It was a tight squeeze,” Price said. “I didn’t think it was going to come out alive.”

After some wiggling, the squirrel was finally freed. Price wrapped the squirrel up in the shirt just long enough to snag a picture.

The squirrel, without thanks, bit into Price’s hand, leaving a hole in his shirt. Not wanting to further stir the critter’s wrath, he released it.
While there is rumored to be more than one albino squirrel, the loss of one may have affected the Bethel community.

The squirrel is an often-referenced part of Bethel’s culture – it even has its own Twitter feed. With Price’s help, this white-haired, red-eyed critter can continue living the life of a Bethel celebrity.

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