Sakura is still nursing Naruto and Sasuke, who are unconscious. When she hears someone approaching, she turns around, suspecting an enemy, but it’s only a squirrel. Nevertheless, Sakura decides to scare off the squirrel so that it will not fall into the traps prepared for the enemies. Soon after, Rock Lee finds this squirrel and saves it from the explosive seal that was attached to its back. At the same time, Sakura encounters the three Sound ninja, and they express their desire to fight Sasuke. Sakura asks what kind of mark Orochimaru put on Sasuke and why, but they do not answer, as they themselves are essentially surprised to learn of their master’s earlier actions. They attack Sakura, avoiding the traps she indirectly uncovered when she scared off their squirrel with explosives, but she is rescued by Lee.