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1-eyed squirrel with Instagram account is returned to nature

A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following is being returned to nature.
In a photo provided by Joey Morvant, Emily Istre, of Lafayette, La., holds a squirrel she named Willamina on April 21, 2020. (Joey Morvant via AP)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following is being returned to nature.

The Acadiana Advocate reports that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has taken Willamina the squirrel from Emily Istre. The Lafayette resident created an Instagram account for the squirrel known as One Eyed Willa, and it had more than 1,600 followers.

Istre started caring for the squirrel in mid-March.

She says she tried to reach the wildlife department but didn't get a response. The agency says it has remained open during coronavirus restrictions.

It's illegal to try to rehabilitate wildlife without a permit.

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