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Dog nurses homeless baby squirrels

Published 30/03/2010 | 08:51

A poodle proved a fine surrogate mum for three squirrels
A poodle proved a fine surrogate mum for three squirrels

After three baby squirrels lost their home to a chain saw, they found a foster mum in a four-year-old toy poodle named Pixie.

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Dog owner Gail Latta said she tried unsuccessfully to feed the squirrels canned milk.

The North Carolina woman then turned to Pixie, who had recently had her own pups. They had been sold, but Pixie could still nurse.

Pixie treated the foster squirrels like her own babies.

After two weeks, the squirrels were old enough to be weaned, and they had to go.

Latta said she learned she might be violating state regulations by keeping wildlife in her home.

Latta said Pixie seemed a little upset when the squirrels were sent to an animal rehabilitation specialist, but cheered up after being given biscuits.

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