A kind-hearted soldier rescued a baby squirrel on the verge of death and then nursed him back to health by feeding him every four hours.
Warrant officer Pyotr Pankratau was serving in the Belarussian army when he discovered the tiny baby squirrel under a tree.
Despite his military duties, Pankratau took him back to base and managed to squeeze in feeds of milk every four hours around his busy schedule.
Incredibly, the baby squirrel made a full recovery and stayed with Pankratau throughout his two years of service in the army.
Pankratau named the squirrel Minsk - after the Belarus capital - and he now never leaves his side.
Minsk even accompanies Pankratau, now a taxi driver, as he drives passengers around the city.
He told Euro Radio: 'He was lying unconscious under the tree. There were worms in his mouth and right eye so I took them out. Two weeks later everything got back to normal.
'I fed him with baby food and milk through a syringe every four hours.
'Then his teeth came out and he started eating himself.
'Half a year later I vaccinated and registered him.'
These adorable pictures show Minsk on his rounds with Pankratau who says he is well trained and sticks to certain parts of the taxi so he doesn't disturb the customers.
He added: 'I don't show him to everyone. Why disturb him all the time? I show him to kids.'