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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:02 AM
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Squirrel adopted by dog--so sweet! PIX (links now fixed! )
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 12:20 AM by Whoa_Nelly
Here are some of the pix and some of the story. Go here to see and read the rest:
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/finnegan.asp


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.


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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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:08 AM
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1. What Happened?
big green things - mean looking things :wtf:
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:09 AM
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2. Looks like the host doesn't like remote linking (nm)
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:10 AM
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3. huh?
Did my post not come out right? Are the pix showing?


I am so confused, so lost... :cry:
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:13 AM
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4. Looks Like Me Lady!
pix are of big green monsters

no squirrels

even on the snopes page the pics are big green monsters

what happened?

alien abduction?


don't cry!

:hug:
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:14 AM
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5. Have fixed the pic links
hopefully... sniff sniff...your hugs are drying my tears :hug:
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:15 AM
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6. Wow-They are back
cool :thumbsup:
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hickman Donating Member (904 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:33 AM
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7. Mammals are strange and wondrous creatures.
My daughter brought a kitten home in july 94. He was 6 weeks old. In april 95 she brought another one home who was too young to be taken from his mother. The 9 month old cat spent the first few days hissing at the little one(who was basically dying) then one day flipped him on his back and started licking his butt. Once the little one evacuated, Oreo cleaned him from head to toe. Oreo continued to bully/nurse the kitten for awhile. Where does this come from?
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:51 AM
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8. It is an amazing thing to see
Friend's cat became pregnant at age 5 months (she had just set app't. to have kitten spayed). The baby momma gave birth to a litter of six, got a mammary infection 2 days later, and died on the thrid day. Meanwhile, my friend's adult male cat was already getting into the litter nest, and she (my friend) kept taking him out because she thought he was being aggressive and was worried about the kittens. Turns out he was taking over the care of the newborns. Once the momma died, Sir Dodsworth (yes, that's really his name), stayed with the kittens cleaning them, keeping them warm, while we bottle fed the babies one at a time.

Three of the kittens were found homes, and my friend kept the other three. All are almost two years old now, and are feisty happy cats.

And, Sir Dodsworth? He's back to being the lazy sleeping in the window housecat he always was.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:16 AM
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10. amazing; I didn't know male cats did that
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:31 AM
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12. It's rare, in my experience, but cats are as much individuals
as dogs are. I've never known a dog or a cat that was in any way the same as any other dog or cat. I had a tom one time long ago who would NOT, under any circumstances, mate with the female cat under his own roof when she went into heat, yet wouldn't think twice in chasing any others he could find in the neighborhood. I never knew male cats could show self-restraint but I swear that he knew where kittens came from and wanted NOTHING to do with any in his own house.

Didn't stop her from escaping and getting pregnant anyway. She got out one day while he was in the house. He asked to be let out about half an hour later and we told him to go find her and bring her home. Damned if he didn't go out and do just that. Chased her back into the house and went off to do whatever tomcatting he'd had in mind in the first place. Very odd.

Then when I met my wife she was cat-sitting her ex-roommates two cats. One of them was a big, dopey, pure white male, deaf as a post and just about as bright. She lived in a loft apartment, where the bedroom was above and off-set from the living room just a little. This cat's idea of fun was to jump from the railing above onto the couch (a good fifteen foot drop) while I was sitting there below. He'd land on the couch next to me, scare the crap out of me, then run off back upstairs to do it again. Then one day we came home and he was limping. We took him to the vet and he'd apparently bruised himself pretty good. It didn't take us long to figure out he'd missed his target. He gave up his game after that.

But her own kitten, barely much over a year old, would try to knock her houseplants down on me while I was sitting on that same couch. About three weeks after I moved in with her, she had to fly to Arizona for a few days and he didn't like that at all. It took him a couple of years before he decided I was okay. He's now one of the most polite cats I've ever met. Never, ever, ever would consider jumping on the counters, and won't even smack a dog that's harassing him. No, he just squeaks at them in protest.

Animals are WEIRD.
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hickman Donating Member (904 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:33 AM
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13. I don't know where this comes from but it is strange and wonderful.
Oreo is now 12 years old. Unkas(the little one) died about 3 years ago. I would come home from work when Unkas was still alive, walk up stairs, and on the landing Unkas was still sucking on Oreo's vestigial nipples. After Unkas died Oreo became obsessive about cleaning himself around his nipples. Life will out I guess, and foster cat's will mourn.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:17 AM
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11. YES!
What happened with the kitten? It lived?
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hickman Donating Member (904 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:41 AM
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14. He lived for about ten years. I don't know why he died.
don't get me started. I still miss him. After Oreo licked his butt and got him to evacuate(which his mother would have done if the family who owned her hadn't decided to kill or give away her kitts)he started licking on the edges of the bowl of milk. I called a vet who gave me something better. He was sweet and shy. Just your basic goofy guy. More dog than cat.
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:10 AM
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9. Okay, that is too fucking cute.
:hi:
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:38 AM
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15. Squirrels are very territorial
And being fed by a dog and handled by humans.Might make it a terrible candidate for release.
I mean the squirrel may loose its natural fear of dogs and humans.And get his but kicked a few times by other squirrels
Just IMHO
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:26 AM
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16. This story is over a year old
The squirrel was successfully releases back into the wild. Foe two weeks or so, he wanted to sleep in the house at night. Then, one day he disappeared, but came back a while later with some other squirrels to "say goodbye."

It has a happy ending.
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:38 AM
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17. well thats great then!
And thanks for the update
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:54 AM
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18. That's so cool.
Whereas my female (and male) dog would have eaten it. You just never know.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:09 AM
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19. This story happened a few years ago - but here are all the amazing pictures
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:56 AM
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20. Next year I'm taking pictures - my Lab the bunny babysitter
Animals are amazing creatures.

My 100 lb Lab has been keeping watch over the baby bunnies that get nested in our ivy for the last two years. He "tiptoes" up to them and then lies next to them during the day. Mom comes back and cares for them at night. I know he's breaking the rules (the idea of mom leaving the nest during the day is to not call attention to it) but the he keeps the neighborhood cats and dogs at bay.

We watched the babies grow and eventually leave the nest this year and now, when I walk the dog at night, we often come across bunnies who merely hop casually away from him. Of course, he's old and deaf and they have nothing to fear but I can't help but wonder if these are the same little bunnies he "babysat" this summer. :)
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:49 AM
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21. Animals are often much better behaved than humans
and I offer this as proof.
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