Try not to die from the cuteness! IMPOSSIBLE. Sites from Britain are all in a tizzy with this adorable story. Mabel the hen has adopted a litter of puppies on a farm in Shrewsbury (wherever the hell that is)—oh, the cuteness! This isn’t really one of the common tales of inter-species adoption because the dog who gave birth to the pups, Nettle, is still around, she hasn’t abandoned them or anything. Mabel just likes hanging out with them!
According to the Daily Mail, Mabel was born at this same farm where she lives now. She was supposed to be someone’s dinner but the fam “rescued” her (I’m like, did they eat all her siblings or was this a random chick?) and kept her. At some point in her life, she had a run-in with a horse who stepped on her foot—sad! And because of that, she gets really cold in the winter…I’m not really clear on the logistics of that but whatevs. So since she gets cold, they keep her in the house like a regular old pet!
Mabel was just chilling in the house when one day, Nettle the dog had puppies! The man of the house says that only a few days after she gave birth, Nettle was out hanging in the yard like usual. And then, adorableness ensued!:
"Mabel observed Nettle’s behaviour and, as soon as there was a chance, she hoped into the dog basket to roost on the pups. She keeps them and herself warm, while Nettle is outside on the yard."
OMG I think I am dead! Interspecies adoptions are the cutest! And this one is really nice because it doesn’t start off sad with the pups being abandoned; they still got their mom, they just also have a nice feather-heated blanket!
[photo from the Daily Mail]
Save this one for some time you can be alone, unless you don’t mind openly weeping like a child. Meet Hoppa, the little dog born without front legs; his human companion, Avi Kuzi of the Society for the Protection of Animals in Israel who cared for him despite a veterinarian’s advice to put Hoppa down; and art student Nir Shalom of Jerusalem, who has built “the Mercedes of dog-protheses” for little Hoppa to use, restricting his movement no more. In fact, this prosthesis is a prototype, which Shalom wants to offer in multiple sizes at an affordable cost for other needy dogs and their human pals.
(all that’s in the video, and also reprinted at the YouTube site)