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Mother dog nurses orphaned raccoon

A rescued dog in eastern Missouri adopted an orphaned baby raccoon as her own after losing one of her puppies during labor.

The dog, named Sasha, had been surrendered to a shelter with what was suspected of being a tumor.

But after she was rescued by a group in St. Peters called SNUGGLE (Special Needs Under Gentle Guided Love Everyday) ultrasound tests showed the lump was two soon-to-be-born pups.

Only one of the puppies survived.

Around then, a baby raccoon who’d been found under a carport was brought to the same veterinarian.

“We started off bottle feeding it and just couldn’t keep up with its needs,” veterinarian Dr. Kelly Hogan said. So they offered Sasha the job. Both Sasha and her pup accepted the raccoon as one of their own.

“Even when he started making little raccoon kind of noises, she didn’t have a problem with it,” Hogan said. “And she loves him. She’s protective of him now.”

Eventually, the raccoon will be transferred to a wildlife rescue group and then released into the wild.

As SNUGGLE’s Sharon Maag sees it, Sasha — having been rescued herself — is returning the favor.

“We saved her life, and she saved the raccoon’s life … It’s the circle of life. I think that’s the way it goes.”

Comments

Comment from BroadwayDave
Time May 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Raccoons are filthy and often have rabies.

Comment from WildlifeRescuer
Time May 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

To BroadwayDave….raccoons in Missouri do not OFTEN have rabies, there hasn’t been a positive raccoon tested by the CDC in over 50 years. Also, this video post should really be removed, due to the fact this vet is not licened by the Department of Conservation to have this raccoon and there are only 2 wildlife rescue groups in the St. Louis area that are equiped to handle raccoons and neither have any knowledge of this racoon coming to their facility. Allow this raccoon to nurse on a dog is truely making this raccoon unhealthy and will damage it to where is may not be suitable for release. Lastly since the publicity of this video through local media MDC (Missouri Department of Conservation) is in the process of seizing this animal from the PET rescue group as well as fining the vet that claims to be helping this WILD animal.

Comment from pat opata tagoe
Time May 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

the DOG is called mylo, FROM 43 VIRGINIA RD, WEST PARK ,FLORIDA 33O23.THE OWNER IS NOT SURPRISED ABOUT THE DOG GOING FOR THE BABY RACOON BECAUSE MYLO TOOK ON A KITTEN AS FRIEND AND GREW WITH IT IN THE HOUSE UNTIL IT WAS STOLEN ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO WHEN SHE BECAME PREGNANT.TODAY THE ADOPTED CAT IS LONGING FOR IT AND EVEN BEHAVING LIKE MYLO. I HAVE PICTURES OF MYLO AND THE TIME LINE IS NOT COINSIDENCE.MY NUM IS 954 305 3924.

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