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Precious! Cat Nurses Orphaned Newborn Pit Bull Puppy

  • This photo released by the Cleveland Animal Protective League shows Lurleen, the nursing mother and Noland the puppy  snuggling up Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Cleveland. Lurleen already is caring for four newborn kittens and now is nursing the orphaned week-old pit bull puppy in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Cleveland Animal Protective League)

    This photo released by the Cleveland Animal Protective League shows Lurleen, the nursing mother and Noland the puppy snuggling up Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Cleveland. Lurleen already is caring for four newborn kittens and now is nursing the orphaned week-old pit bull puppy in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Cleveland Animal Protective League)  (AP2013)

  • This photo released by the Cleveland Animal Protective League shows a kitten and Noland, right,  a puppy,  snuggling up together Wednesday, June 19, 2013  in Cleveland. A cat already caring for four newborn kittens now is nursing an orphaned week-old pit bull puppy. (AP Photo/Cleveland Animal Protective League)

    This photo released by the Cleveland Animal Protective League shows a kitten and Noland, right, a puppy, snuggling up together Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Cleveland. A cat already caring for four newborn kittens now is nursing an orphaned week-old pit bull puppy. (AP Photo/Cleveland Animal Protective League)

Much like the beloved children's movie, "The Fox & The Hound," an unlikely friendship has blossomed between a cat and newborn puppy.

In a precious moment caught by cameras in Cleveland, a cat caring for four newborn kittens began nursing an orphaned week-old pit bull puppy.

Lurlene the cat welcomed Noland the puppy into her "unusual little family," Sharon Harvey of the Cleveland Animal Protective League said Wednesday. 

The puppy was dropped off at the animal shelter last week when he was just a day old.

The staff decided to place Noland with the nursing cat and her litter because bottle feeding doesn't always work.

Now thanks to Lurlene, Noland the puppy will grow faster, the shelter says.

But surely the kitty won't be able to feed the puppy for a long time, so the adoptive parents will likely have to come up with other feeding options.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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