Pekingese nurses kitten to health
Heartwarming stories of animals taking in babies of another species have become common, but rarely has this story been true of dogs and cats.
Now, however, felines and canines have mixed in Minnesota.
According to Pat Weber, the owner of 4-year-old Pekingese Mittens, said her grandson came across a tiny stray kitten that was only days old and only a few inches long recently and brought the animal home, reports the News Tribune.
Mittens had given birth to a litter of puppies several years previously and did not have any milk, but allowed the kitten to suckle anyway.
Weber was amazed when Mittens began producing milk for the kitten to drink. A veterinarian in the area said it was unusual for a dog to nurse a kitten, or for a cat to nurse a puppy, but that it could happen and did from time to time. Weber has kept the kitten and given it the name Bootsie.