THEY are known for their daredevil antics at the top of trees.

But when Winky the baby squirrel became separated from his mum, he was in for a tumble that would test the toughest of characters.

Four-week-old Winky plunged 60ft on to concrete from the top of a towering sycamore tree outside Didsbury Village Barbers.

If that wasn’t enough, he was then attacked by a cat.

The tiny squirrel was rescued by two barbers and is now being cared for at a Withington hedgehog sanctuary.

Andy Cadman and Kevin Doherty had to pull Winky from the cat’s jaws.

‘Terrified’

Andy said: “I didn’t think we were going to get it – poor Winky must have been terrified.

“At one point the cat had Winky’s tail in its mouth and we feared the worst.”

To help him get over his ordeal and the loss of his mother, Winky is now being hand-fed milk up to eight times a day.

Barbara Roberts, who runs the Withington Hedgehog Trust at her home on Parsonage Road, named the squirrel Winky after one she used to look after at her sanctuary.

She said: “Winky had a bit of blood coming out of his nose when he was brought to me – I think he was hurt when he fell out of the nest. He’s so cute, he can’t be more than four weeks’ old and he’s still got his umbilical cord. I’m feeding him every two hours, just like his mother would in the wild.”