A golden retriever named Tessie adopted a newly born female African leopard in Sadgorod zoo in Russia's Vladivostok.
The newly born leopard cub
Zoo staff decided to take the cub from the biological mother, because she had killed her newborns on a previous occasion.
Tessie has four of own newborn puppies, but she did not reject the foundling. The dog feeds and licks the little cub like it was her own.
"The dog has been feeding the cub for three weeks. The baby is gaining weight and it's trying to play, biting her adoptive mother and feeling very well," zoo veterinarian Viktor Agafonov said. He added "She is very active, plays a little, she nibbles her foster-mother and feels good"
Labrador Retrievers are some of the most lovable dogs in the world, and it will not come as a surprise to any Lab owner that this is not the first instance of Labs adopting Leopards.
Leopard ‘Salati’ snuggles up beside golden retriever ‘Tommy’ in the back of a 4×4 at the Glen Afric Country Lodge on May 04, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. Salati the leopard turns the assumption that dogs love to chase cats on its head by running playfully after Tommy the golden retriever. Animal wrangler Richard Brooker, 23, hand-reared 10-month-old Salati and gives her and family pet dog Tommy their daily exercise together.
He takes them out into his family’s 750 hectare estate and lets them run amok, saying “Wherever you see one the other is right behind”. Rescued as an orphaned cub, Salati was donated by a local vet to the family-run country retreat, which helps to rehabilitate injured and needy animals. The Brookers’ hard work and breeding programs with elephants, lions, and giraffes has helped boost wildlife numbers in the area.
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Courtesy Sputnik News and Corriere della Sera. Some photos courtesy Barcroft Media