A one-year-old beagle has become a surrogate mum to kittens and is even producing milk to nurse the pair.
Beagle Daisy lives in Staplehurst, Kent, along with the nine-week-old cats Fletcher and Dexter, who have recently moved into her home.
Adorable footage shows Daisy and her two kittens playing together, sleeping together and even captures the pair nursing from their new mum.
Owner Jane Whitton, 36, said Daisy is a natural mother. At just one she has never given birth to her own litter but seems more than content to help raise Fletcher and Dexter.
‘When we brought them home, she was very bouncy, very bouncy and excited at her new friends. She’s grown up with cats but kittens were a whole new thing for her,’ she said.
Publishing subscription manager Miss Whitten said the bond between them is so strong that that they were surprised to see Daisy producing her own milk for the kittens.
‘She became very maternal with them .. she was always running after them to bathe them.’
The look of love: Beagle Daisy lives in Staplehurst, Kent, along with the nine-week-old cats Fletcher and Dexter (pictured), who have recently moved into her home
‘Recently she’s even started producing her own milk and nursing them which is pretty extraordinary,’ the 36-year-old said.
‘Daisy is basically like their mum,’ she added. ‘They’re best friends, they spend all of their time together. If any other dog goes near the kittens Daisy gets really protective and will get between them. She’s their protector and surrogate mum.’
Miss Whitton, who grew up in an ‘animal mad’ environment and has many pets said she’d always wanted a ginger cat and picked out Dexter from a farmer who was looking for homes for the kittens.
‘When we went to get him we could see this little black kitten at the back all on his own. My heart melted. We thought ‘sod it’ and decided to get him too.’
Owner Jane Whitton, 36, said Daisy is a natural mother. At just one she has never given birth to her own litter but seems more than content to help raise Fletcher and Dexter
The bond between them is so strong Miss Whitton said that Daisy quickly started nursing the two kittens and producing her own milk for them
Miss Whitton predicts that the bond between Daisy and the two cats will only deepen as time goes on
Dexter has been filmed playfully gnawing at Daisy who lies there contentedly.
‘Dexter is actually quite shy,’ Miss Whitton said. ‘Of the two of them he is a lot more nervous … but at the same time he is very cuddly.’
‘Fletcher is the adventurous one,’ she added. ‘He’s always in trouble.’
Miss Whitton predicts that the bond between Daisy and the two cats will only deepen as time goes on.
She said: ‘It’s lovely to see, it’s very sweet. They’re best friends, we’re saying that as they grow up they’ll see her as her mum and friend.
They’ll run around the living room playing hide and seek with her under the sofas. I think it’s the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
‘I like to think that whilst at moment it’s quite a maternal love. I hope that as they get bigger it will always remain a close friendship and they’ll continue to play and sleep and have fun together.’
‘My babies are home for life,’ Miss Whitton added, none of them are going anywhere.