Chicken Adopts Litter of Puppies

A hen in Shrewsbury, UK has been nesting on a litter of puppies born on the farm of Edward and Ros Tate. This is to the chicken's advantage, as the Tates have since decided to not eat her:

Mr Tate said: 'Mabel was hatched here about a year ago. She would have gone onto someone's dinner plate but we saved her.[...]

'We have a dog, Nettle, which has just given birth to a litter of pups. Within a few days of giving birth, Nettle was up and about, prowling in the yard.

'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.'

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She probably just sits on them to keep warm. Like my cat who used to sit on the hood of my car when I came home.
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Hmmm. I always hoped my hometown would make it to the hallowed pages of Neatorama. Just not in this way! Not a cute-thing-story!

I guess it is a quiet little place, and probably still a bit tired from the whole begetting Darwin affair.

Cheers from here anyway, I shall think fondly of this here site every time I hear a dog cluck.
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