Nikki Reed Cuddles an Orphaned Baby Squirrel: Picture

Sitting here bottle-feeding this orphaned baby squirrel is reminding me of the fourteen baby bunnies mom and I found and cared for when I was a little girl. I remember begging (although it didn't take much) to be their foster family and mom so easily giving in. It was hard work but making it through those first few months of their life feeding them with an eye dropper and transitioning to food before releasing them into the wild was one of the most incredible things to experience as a child and something we still talk about today. Just now I sent mom a photo of the baby squirrels here, and without hesitating she offered to take them in, care for them, feed them, and love them until the time comes to let them go. I love you mom.

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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder don't have kids yet, but the actress' maternal instinct is already undeniable. On Thursday, March 10, the Twilight alum, 27, shared an Instagram photo of herself nuzzling a tiny baby squirrel in her hand.

"Sitting here bottle-feeding this orphaned baby squirrel is reminding me of the fourteen baby bunnies mom and I found and cared for when I was a little girl," she wrote in the caption for the picture. "I remember begging (although it didn't take much) to be their foster family and mom so easily giving in."

"It was hard work but making it through those first few months of their life feeding them with an eye dropper and transitioning to food before releasing them into the wild was one of the most incredible things to experience as a child and something we still talk about today," she continued. "Just now I sent mom a photo of the baby squirrels here, and without hesitating she offered to take them in, care for them, feed them, and love them until the time comes to let them go. I love you mom."

Reed previously spoke about her pet-friendly household with the Humane Society in 2015. "My mom allowed anything to come into the house," she said at the time, "so we kind of had a farm growing up."

That passion for animals is something she shares with her husband, Vampire Diaries star Somerhalder. Back in July, the actor spoke with Yahoo! about their many pets — four dogs, three cats and two horses. "They are all brothers and sisters," he said of their brood. "They all love each other so much."

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