Lost dog adopts tiny kitten
An animal welfare officer who rescued a lost and hurt dog in South Carolina was amazed to find it was looking after a tiny kitten.
The kitten was suckling milk from the Shih Tzu mix when they were found in a tangle of bushes and briars near Anderson, reports the Anderson Independent-Mail.
Anderson Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith said: "I didn't know what to think. I was shocked and surprised and then of course, 'Awww'."
She took the pair to an animal shelter where volunteers marvelled at the way the dog, which is at least five years old, looked out for the five-week-old kitten.
Jessica Cwynar, director of the shelter, said: "It would be like one of us seeing a neglected or abandoned child and taking it under our wing."
Ms Cwynar said the dog most likely experienced a surge of hormones that induced milk production.
"She's producing some, but not all that the kitten will need nutrition-wise," she said, adding that volunteers were feeding the kitten tiny bottles of milk.
There is already a long line of would-be foster and adoption candidates for the pair, but Ms Cwynar hopes that the dog's owner comes forward and is willing to adopt the kitten.