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5 Mama Animals Adopt Babies of Different Species

5 Mama Animals Adopt Babies of Different Species

Humans aren’t the only ones who adopt babies of other species (like kittens and puppies). Animals do it too.

Non-human animals aren’t usually credited with emotions like generosity or empathy, but those are the simplest explanations for the decisions of cats, pigs, tigers, and many others to adopt babies who not only were not theirs genetically, but were a different species entirely.

One example is a cat who adopted a baby squirrel into her litter of kittens. The cat, Emmy, adopted, suckled, and raised the squirrel, Rocky, as her own. Rocky blended right in with his siblings, even learning to purr when stroked.


Another cat adopted a needy rabbit.


A golden retriever adopted three white tiger cubs in a Kansas safari park when their mother rejected them.


When a zoo decided, for whatever unfathomable reason, to take piglets away from their mother and put them with a tiger mom instead, the babies and the tiger took to each other right away.


A monkey adopted an orphaned kitten.


The examples go on and on across so many species that it is hard to deny these adoptive mothers are motivated by compassion, and perhaps even love. Animals deserve so much more credit than we give them.


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12:56PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

So cute and awesome,I love it all.

9:51AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Mother love is universal ... you've either got it or you don't ... as witnessed daily among all the species, human included.

10:55PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

love all the videos but the piglets and the tiger, why not let the tiger have her own cubs and why take the piglets away from their mommy

9:13PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

@ Nadine H

Humans know. I was adopted too.

9:27AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Love and compassion are more present in animals than in humans.

4:08AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Love is boundless

3:44PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Really awwwwsome!

1:45PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

mother's are so nurturing & amazing, no matter what species, it seems they always have room in their hearts to love & their maternal instinct takes care of the rest.

:-) thanks for sharing

1:40PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you Piper, for Sharing this!

8:39AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

aww. too cute

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