According to his owner, who posted these stunning images on Instagram, he was the runt of the litter - 500 grams of snuggle - when his mother inexplicably chewed off one of his legs.
Obviously, the mother-son connection had broken down in the most brutally bizarre fashion. (No, Nicolas' owner gave no reason why a mother would do that to her baby.)
So Nicolas was pulled from his mother at a very tender age, forced to start his journey in life with just three paws.
Luckily, the family who took him in had a soft spot for orphans.
It happened to be right here:
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