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Virginia Woman Save Squirrels in Danger

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PULASKI, Va. (WOAY) – Police are praising a “squirrel whisperer” who says a squirrel tugged at her leg and led her down a trial to help it’s injured baby.

Pulaski police said on their Facebook page that officers got a call from a woman last Friday . Tia Powell told them a squirrel approached her on a trail, blocked her path and led her to the baby squirrel with an injured leg.

Powell told police that when she tried to walk away, the squirrel tugged on her pants leg. That’s when she realized a cat was ready to attack, so she called police and a friend.

Responding officers found the squirrels sitting with the two women, who got them back in their tree.



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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