Dog adopts tiny piglet
A farm dog has saved the life of an abandoned piglet by adopting it as one of its own after the newborn was rejected by its mother.
Surrogate mum Katjinga, an eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, took over care of the baby runt which was discovered close to death, the British press reported this week.
This picture shows Paulinchen - a two-week old pot-bellied pig - cuddling up to the huge hound and even suckling from her.
The dog and piglet live together on a farm in Hoerstel, Germany, where Katjinga's owners Roland and Edit Adam also keep a pair of breeding Vietnamese pigs.
Mr Adam said he found the weak piglet abandoned by the rest of the family and decided to put her with Katjinga, who had just reared a litter of her own, in the hope that she would take on the motherly duties.
Luckily for Paulinchen, Katjinga started to clean her as if she was one of her own puppies. Mr Adam said days later Katjinga started lactating again and giving milk to the piglet.