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Mo. dog nurses raccoon after losing own puppy

May 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A baby raccoon in O'Fallon, Mo. has an unusual stepmother - the raccoon is being nursed by a dog.

Sasha lost one of her puppies during labor, so rescue workers gave her a raccoon to nurse.

The raccoon was found in a home in eastern Missouri.

Veterinarians said Sasha and the raccoon immediately formed a special bond.

Unfortunately, Sasha will soon have to part ways with the baby raccoon. The animal is expected to be weaned in a few weeks.

Then, it will go to a wildlife rescue center before being released back into the wild.