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.
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
Finnegan was resting in
a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver
Cantlon and her husband
watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage twice
to her own
bedside before she gave birth.
Cantlon was concerned,
yet ultimately decided to allow
the squirrel out and the
inter-species bonding began.
Finnegan rides a puppy
pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding,
eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.
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.
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
Finnegan and his new
litter mates, five Papillion puppies,
get along together as if they
were meant to.
Finnegan naps after
Finnegan makes himself
at home with his new litter mates,
nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap
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