Hen thinks it's a dog and adopts puppies

275x250.jpgA farmyard hen which thinks it is a dog has adopted a litter of puppies and started nesting on top of them in their dog basket.

Owners Edward and Ros Tate say the batty bird took a shine to the pups at the Shrewsbury farm when their mother left them alone.

Mabel, who is kept as a family pet, hopped on top of the dogs in their basket and put her wings over them to keep them warm.

Since then she has treated them as though they are her own chicks and even become protective of them if anyone approaches.

The pups natural mother Nettle would be forgiven for being in a fowl mood when this happened but doesn't appear to mind being hen-pecked.
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