Notice anything a little different about these cat pictures? The two smaller little lumps of fluff nuzzling up to mother Nessy aren't cats at all -- they're teeny-tiny Chihuahua pups.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Brevard in Titusville, Florida, saw a sad situation turn hopeful after one of their Chihuahuas gave birth to five premature puppies. Two of the pups died soon after birth, and another had to be put down because of health problems. The mother didn't seem to want the two surviving babies, but Nessy, one of the shelter's cats, seemed more than willing to welcome a few strange bedfellows into her brood.
"It happens every once in a while," Susan Naylor, the shelter's media specialist, told HLN. "Cats and dogs, when they're the mothering type, in that mother mode, it happens more often than you would believe. They're just very good at it."
Nessy, of course, has other little mouths to feed, but for now the two puppies seem right at home. The shelter workers are hoping the pups pull through this tough time.
"If they make it, they'll keep nursing on the mom probably for about three weeks," Cindy, another member of the shelter staff, told HLN. If they make it that far, they'll go into foster homes until they're ready to be adopted out.
And if Facebook is any indicator, the babies (and their adoptive mommy), won't have to wait long. Naylor says the Brevard SPCA's page hasbeen inundated over the past few days with people inquiring about the animals and spreading their story. In time, the whole family -- Nessy, her kittens and her two little guests -- will be able to find their forever homes.
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