It’s not unheard of for animals to seek and to find comfort from those of a different species. There was that story of a mama dog who had just lost her puppies and became a mother to a recently orphaned baby possum. And then there was that story of a tiger who fed her milk to a litter of piglets wrapped in cloth with the same pattern as her fur did.
This time, we see a three-year-old male dog who assumed the role of a dad to a baby animal that was easily four times his own size. Zip is an Australian Cattle Dog who took it upon himself to “mother” the young foal. Her mom had died a short while after she was born, and it took their keeper Karla by surprise when she saw that the two had gotten that much closer.
Zip took it upon himself to protect the baby horse when he realized that the 13-day-old foal was without a mother. He would stay close to her throughout the day and would even sleep next to her during the night. The frequency at which this happened gave Karla plenty of opportunities to capture some of their moments on video, as can be seen below.
It’s fascinating to see how a dog — and a male dog at that, could take an interest in the welfare of an infant horse, who, for all he knew, could be an adult animal because of how big she is. She probably wasn’t the only animal in the area that he could befriend, but he quickly took to her anyway. The same can be said about the big baby horse, who was happy enough to snuggle against him at any given time of the day.
Regardless, it’s a joy to watch. If both animals can help each other fill that gap and look adorable while they’re at it, we want more videos.
Source: SWNS TV via YouTube