Bottle-fed Young Squirrel

Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild,
bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house.

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When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him,
she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide:
her pregnant Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle.

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Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver puppies.

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Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage twice
to her own bedside before she gave birth.

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Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow
the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.

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Finnegan rides a puppy pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding,
and eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.

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Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.

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Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his "siblings" in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies and sinking in deeply for a nap.

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Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies,
get along together as if they were meant to.

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Finnegan naps after feeding.

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Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates,
nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.

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