When one speaks of the indifference nature of nature, one has apparently never heard of a golden retriever who took in a litter of abandoned rabbits, or, for example, a hen and a goose who raised a flock of ducklings together.
Of course, most adoptions occur in the wild, where mothers often lack the care and upbringing of their young. The most unusual connections are when a predator begins to take care of its potential prey. We have collected 20 such examples, but who knows how many more, these stories that a person could not witness.
A 10-year-old German Pointer rescued a 4‑month-old kangaroo in Bells Beach Victoria, Australia after his birth mother was hit by a car.
After the lioness ate the antelope, she adopted the orphaned antelope cub and took care of him like her own lion cub. It came from the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
A Great Dane named Rocky has become very attached to Cindy, an abandoned roe deer at the World Wildlife Rescue Center in England.
After the death of her three kittens, Hiroko the cat became a surrogate mother to two ducklings.
And this kitten was raised and nursed by a pig, he grew up next to a litter of pigs in Norfolk, UK
A cow named Jersey decided to take care of her two newborn lambs in New Zealand.
The mother of this lamb abandoned him, but a Dalmatian named Zoya decided to adopt him.
A chimpanzee named Anna helps breed puppies in a wildlife sanctuary near Daventry, England.
On an Iowa farm, Henrietta the hen and Gertie the goose adopted three ducklings together.
The parents of Zara, a lion cub at Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire, were not up to the task of raising their child, so she spent her childhood in the care of the zoo director’s cat, Arnie, before she grew up and was sent to Uganda.
At the Blue Cross Animal Hospital, a collie named Mack decided to adopt four Vietnamese pot-bellied piglets that had been abandoned by their mother.
Zookeepers taught Judy, an orphaned dog, how to take care of an equally orphaned baby
Tricolor collie Solo cared for young tigers and hyenas at Seaview Lion Park in South Africa.
Murray the dog is a surrogate parent for three badgers in the Secret World Sanctuary.
Every time the mother of the puppies left, Mabel the hen moved the puppies into her basket.
The owners of the Chestnut cat brought home a sick squirrel cub, and the cat was happy to help this squirrel recover.
Spaniel Jess bottle feeds orphaned lambs who can’t get milk from their mother.
After the female peacock accidentally mixed up other people’s eggs and sat on the eggs of a goose, she took care of the newborns as if they were her own.
During the summer, the rabbit helped raise the entire litter of abandoned kittens brought home by her owner.