These selections from a series of photographs by Nina Leen were featured in Life Magazine in the 1940s.
A Mrs. Bullid of Washington, D.C. adopted a baby squirrel whose mother was dead and whose eyes had not yet opened. Instead of turning him over to a wildlife rehabilitation center as people today are encouraged to do, she made him the family pet, bathing, dressing and putting him to sleep in a tiny bed.
She had over 30 little outfits for him. Even though Tommy was a boy, all of the outfits were girl clothes for the obvious reason that the tail would not fit in pants.
This was the only life Tommy knew. Mostly he never complained, but he did on occasion bite Mrs. Bullid who we are told didn't seem to mind.
As Tommy grew older she took him on public appearances where he would perform in his little outfits, mostly to visit children in schools and in the hospital.
This was all during World War II and Tommy was a patriot. He appeared with President Roosevelt in a war bond drive and starred in a short film.
When Tommy died in 1949, he was taken to a taxidermist to be stuffed and mounted with his arms outstretched so that in death he could still be fitted into his clothes. It is believed that he was offered to the Smithsonian Institute, but they get so many donations, they turned him down. No one is exactly sure where Tommy's remains are today.
Perhaps in some forgotten corner of a museum there sits — nay, there stands — Tommy Tucker, a little dusty, a little moth-eaten, but still the best-dressed squirrel in the world. Source