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Proving once again that they truly are the best species on Earth, a brave dog rescued seven abandoned kittens, saving their lives, and is now acting as their mum.
Three-year-old service husky Banner was at home with her owner Whitney Braley, 30, in Georgia, US, when the pooch 'became extremely distressed' and kept pulling on Whitney's dress.
Realising that something must be wrong, Whitney let Banner lead her from the house and into some nearby woods when they found an abandoned cardboard box.
Banner dived straight in and fished out a teeny white kitten, Whitney went over to check and found six more kittens, who were barely alive.
Whitney carried the box home, where Banner has since refused to leave their side. The adorable dog has been cleaning, cuddling up with and napping alongside the kittens, like she's their mama. Bloody hell, is someone chopping onions?
"She had been acting really weird all morning," Whitney said. "I couldn't understand what was wrong with her.
"She wasn't listening to me when I told her to come, which isn't like her as she is always very well behaved.
"I knew something had to be wrong. She was getting really distressed. She kept wanting to go into the woods nearby, and eventually started pulling on my dress. She was telling me to go with her, so I decided to just follow along.
"She raced into the woods and began circling this cardboard box. I had no idea what would be in there.
"But when I opened it up, Banner dived straight in and pulled out this tiny white kitten.
"I was shocked. They weren't making any noises, so I thought they might be dead. But they were all alive.
"Someone must have just put them into a cardboard box, closed the lid tight and left them there to die. They probably thought that no one would ever discover them.
"I don't even know how Banner knew they were in there. The kittens were freezing and weren't meowing or anything.
"She just knew somehow. She is a true hero. If she didn't find the kittens, they would have all died. I think they were pretty close to death. They only looked around a day old.
"It makes me sick that anyone could do that to these tiny innocent animals. It's so cruel and heartless."
Whitney has decided to look after the kittensuntil they're old enough to be adopted, now, alongside the love and affection from Banner, they also have an older female cat is able to feed them with her milk. But Banner still likes to keep a watchful eye over it all.
Whitney added: "She won't leave their side. You can see her watching them all the time and counting them to make sure they're all still there.
"She lays down with them, cuddles with them and takes naps with them. She is like their adopted mum and she sees them as her babies.
"She is a really maternal and loving dog. I've never met another dog like Banner.
"The kittens are really lucky. If she didn't find them, there is no way they would have made it.
"It makes me feel sick to think someone just left them out to die like that.
"But I'm so happy that now because of Banner, these kittens will go on to live their lives with loving families. It warms my heart."
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