"Mommy Dog" Adopts and Cares for Orphaned Kittens

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by Cassandra R. Elias

In the Spotlight: "Mommy" Bulldog Adopts and Nurses Orphaned Kittens

Dog Wet NurseIn one of the most bittersweet stories we've heard in a long time, a bulldog in Columbia, Alabama has become a nursing "mommy" to some orphaned kittens. This, in addition to caring for newborn puppies of her own.

With true maternal instincts, this animal is mothering her babies with as much love and care regardless of which were born to her and which she "adopted."

Elbert Bristow, 84, was pretty surprised when he saw his bulldog feeding a litter of six-week-old kittens. He said the two-year-old Molly had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. The next day, his cat gave birth to kittens. In a most unfortunate accident earlier this week, Elbert ran over the mother cat, "Kitty Kitty."

Elbert said, "We hated to lose her. Hopefully one of these kittens will be like her because she was real sweet."

Molly who grew up with "Kitty Kitty," has taken the four kittens in like they were her own. According to Elbert, "Normally they stay with her 5 or 10 minutes. She lays down and lets them eat. It is unusual, very unusual. Really they're natural enemies."

The kittens follow Molly around the driveway of their home just like she was their own mother. But Bristow keeps Molly's three new six-week-old puppies separated at another location on his property. He plans to give away all but one of the cats and puppies.

"The flow of the milk coming from Molly is much greater than the cat. They can't drink it fast enough on account of the flow of the milk," Bristow said. "I've had dogs all my life. This is the first time I've ever had one take a litter of kittens."

This story is a great illustration of how, even in the animal world, families come in all shapes and sizes.

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