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Squirrel Adopted by Papillon

For about as long as she can remember, Debby Cantlon says, friends and strangers have brought her animals in need. So it wasn't much of a surprise when someone asked her if she'd care for a newborn squirrel found at the base of a tree.

Debby, who plans to release Finnegan the young squirrel back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after he was brought to her house.

Squirrel adopted by dog

When Debby took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide: her pregnant Papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle.

Squirrel adopted by dog

Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Debby and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth. Debby was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.

Squirrel adopted by dog

Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, and eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.

Squirrel adopted by dog

Family photos show Giselle encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups. Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his "siblings", rolling atop their bodies and sinking in for a nap.

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.

Finnegan the squirrel

We should all learn from Finnegan and the gang to get along with one another... no matter what "species" we are.

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