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North Carolina dog nurses imperiled squirrels

There's no denying a mother's instinct - even if it's demonstrated through the actions of the toy poodle who recently took responsibility for four injured baby squirrels and nursed them back to health.

After three baby squirrels lost their home when the tree they lived in was cut down, Gail Latta of Oxford, North Carolina, tried unsuccessfully to feed the helpless animals canned milk, the Daily Reflector reports.

But when Latta's efforts failed, her 4-year-old toy poodle, Pixie, took over. Though the dog's own puppies had recently been sold, Pixie was still nursing and was ready to step up for her own animal rescue mission.

"She kept sniffing the box where we had them and whined a little bit," Latta told the news source.

In no time, the canine foster mother was nursing the young squirrels, who returned to full health after about two weeks under Pixie's watchful care.

When Latta learned that she might be violating state regulations by keeping wildlife in her home, it was time for a tearful goodbye for Pixie and her adopted litter, the Associated Press reports.

Though Pixie went through some separation anxiety when the squirrels were sent to an animal rehabilitation specialist, she was consoled and rewarded for her heroism with a few extra dog biscuits to relish.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19703499-ADNFCR
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