Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Finnegan the Squirrel

I was sent this wonderful story and accompanying pictures via email last week and knew immediately I wanted to post it on my blog for Angela's Tuesday Show and Tail.

Enjoy the adorableness and wonder of our creatures, domestic and/or wild:

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,

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

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

And that's your Tuesday "aaaaaawwwwww" moment.


Chatty Crone said...

Can I say that was one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. Awe. sandie♥

Linda said...

Awww is right, and I think I have something in my eye, too...thanks for sharing this sweet, sweet story!

Jo said...

OMGoodness, I've posted about my squirrel,Scooter too.Love this, these photo's are incredible!..Loved my little Scooter too.

Sue said...

That just made my day. What precious pictures and you know, I don't think I would be able to let the squirrel go! It would be part of my "furry friends" family here!!

Take care, Sue

Cooper and Lola said...

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Angela said...

That is just precious! Truly an awwww moment! Thanks for sharing such sweetness with us today!

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!

Orlando Grandma said...

What a great lesson from animal to humans. No matters what we all should acomodate one another.

The Thuglets said...

Aww...isn't that just wonderful.

The pictures are priceless. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Annesphamily said...

These photos are just priceless and the story is as sweet as I have ever read. Thank you Ann! You brightened up my week! Anne

Doris Sturm said...

Oh my gosh! How adorable is that? Those photos are so sweeeeeet and the story is heartwarming.

I love the way Finn curls up to sleep just like a kitty-cat!

Thanks for sharing this lovely story and the photos!

Mr. Connor said...

As the Orlando Grandma said ~ WE can all get along if WE try a little. GREAT story and pictures !

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my goodness that is BEYOND cute! I love it.

I think I have wore Mr. Decor down with my posting of "The Kings Speech get Oscar Nods" everywhere. We're going this weekend.

Man I love me some Firth!

Have you been watching the PBS masterpiece theater masterpiece Downton Abbey? If not you can watch it online and become obsessed as my cousin Tara and I.

FairfieldHouse said...

That is one of the sweetest things I've seen in a long time.

Thanks for sharing.