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Creature Kindness

September 8, 2009

An amazing lesson in compassion, tolerance, acceptance, generosity, and true love from a recent email I received.  Read how these honorable attributes we as humans aspire to, are taught to us by an unlikely heroine:

An infant squirrel was brought to Debby Cantlon, whom she initially bottle-fed as this photo illustrates. 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. Rescued Finnegan is watched by Giselle

Finnegan safely nested in a cage, he arrived just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies.  Cantlon and her husband watched in amazement as the dog twice dragged the squirrel’s cage to her own bedside before she gave birth.
Mama Giselle takes in FinneganCantlon was concerned, but ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.  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.  Below: Finnegan rides a puppy mosh-pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.

Mama GiselleFinnegan the squirrelFinnegan with his step-siblingsFinnegan NursesNow, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle again, but still snuggles with his ‘siblings’, rolling atop their bodies, and sinking in deeply for a nap.
Finnegan BelongsFinnegan is LovedFinnegan naps after feeding

Finnegan and his adoptive siblings, five Papillion puppies, get along together as if this was meant to be.  He makes himself at home, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding. 

Debbie plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild when he is old enough. 

MORAL OF THE STORY:  Keep loving everyone, even the squirrely ones!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 8:18 pm

    Absolutely amazing!!!!!

  2. September 9, 2009 4:48 am

    Oh, Jennifer! What a sweet, sweet post.

  3. February 24, 2010 12:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Jennifer, one of the most loving of all love stories and one that can help each of us to learn something about our own capacity to love one another.

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