Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Finnegan The 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.
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. 
Finnegan was resting in a nest 
in a cage just days before Giselle
was due to deliver her puppies.
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 mosh 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 nap.
Finnegan and his new litter mates, 
five Papillion puppies,
get along together as if they were meant to.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could all 
get along like Finnegan and the gang?
MORAL  OF THE STORY:  Keep loving everyone . . 
even the squirrelly  ones!

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