Hen in a dog basket

A hen, called Mabel, adopted four pups at a farm in Shrewsbury, roosting on top of them to keep them warm.

Ros Tate, her owner, said: “Mabel was hatched here about a year ago. She would have gone onto someone’s dinner plate but we saved her and brought her into the house.

“Unfortunately, she got into an accident with a horse, which trod on her foot. Because of that, she gets terribly cold during the winter so we decided to bring her into the house.”

She added: “And then we had puppies about three weeks ago. Mabel observed the behaviour of Nettles, the dogs’ original mother, and as soon as there was a chance, she hopped into the dog basket to roost on the pups.

 “We were amazed when we first saw it happen. We just laughed. We’re hoping that soon Mabel will have her own chicks.”

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk