Bizarre: US woman breastfeeds puppy to 'save its life'

Feb 09 2014, 18:16 IST
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SummaryThe puppy refused to drink from a bottle or take canine formula.

In a bizarre incident, a woman in the US breastfed a newborn puppy in order to "save its life" when the pooch refused to be fed from a bottle or have canine formula.

On her Facebook page, the woman from Colorado, posted a photo of her breastfeeding an orphaned four-day-old puppy and explaining her decision to do so.

"I just felt like he just had an hour left. That's how weak he was, he wasn't moving and I just did it," the woman told news station 'KRDO-TV'.

The puppy refused to drink from a bottle or take canine formula.

"He just wasn't taking it. I didn't know what else to do, I was desperate and I just couldn't bear sitting there watching it die," the woman said.

"I never thought I would ever do that, it was taboo to me as well," she said.

"I did the right thing. That dog is alive because I took that initiative," she said.

The puppy, now over a week old, is doing well. Veterinarian Dr Amber Williams said she would not recommend breast feeding a puppy. She said nutritionally, human milk isn't the best for other animals.

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