|Coco, a Belgian shepherd gave birth to 8 puppies, but has now adopted a kitten. The extended family lives on Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm in Niagara Falls. The 9-day-old pups were born Aug. 19. (Mike DiBattista/QMI Agency)
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Coco, a Belgian shepherd at a Niagara Falls farm, has given birth to eight puppies, but she has nine new mouths to feed.
Coco has adopted a kitten that was also recently born on the farm to a cat named Mommy.
Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm's Donna Warner made the discovery when she went into the barn to check on Coco and discovered eight small hungry puppies and a small kitten all trying to breastfeed.
"I just couldn't believe it," said Warner, who looks after the family farm with her husband, Bill.
At first she thought it was just a fluke the kitten had ended up with the puppies, so Warner picked it up and returned it to Mommy and the other seven kittens.
But the kitten just kept returning to Coco and the puppies.
"I don't have a clue why this particular kitten keeps coming back," said Warner. "I've been on the farm here for 20 years and have never seen anything like this."
Coco and Mommy have always gotten along, said Warner.
"All of my animals are friendly, but I didn't think they were that friendly," said Warner.
"Coco had adopted the mother since she was a kitten and would carry it around the yard. Now, the cat is big so she drags it around the yard. When Coco had her own puppies I thought she would realize she's a dog, but now she has pups and a kitten."