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True Story About a Dog Sucking a Kitten

True Story About a Dog Suckling a Kitten

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Honey (Golden Retriever) and Precious (Kitten)Dog (Honey) suckles kitten (Precious)

A dog, or to be specific, a bitch named 'Honey' has taken a kitten to her bosom.  This true story started when the tiny kitten ran out in front of Jimmy Martin's truck in Stephen's City, Virginia.  Jimmy searched for the kitten's mother amongst the old tires at the Front Royal plant.  No luck. 

At first Jimmy and his wife Kathy tried to feed the kitten, who they named Precious, from a bottle.  No success.  At this point their golden retriever Honey took an interest in Precious.  Honey was so excited and attentive to the new kitten that she started lactating naturally after a few days.  It transpires that Honey had previously reared a litter of puppies, but that was over year before Precious appeared on the scene.Honey and Precious cross-species rearing

Equally importantly, the kitten took to her surrogate mother Honey.  Rearing tiny kittens can be difficult as they won't always take cows milk from a bottle.  Kathy summed up the situation by saying: "Precious really is precious. And Honey has really proved to be a honey."

Other Cross-Species Cases

Vets say that such cross-species rearing is uncommon.  However there have been other notable cases for example, a Tiger suckling piglets.

Also, while there was no suckling involved there was the interesting case of the baby Hippo and the Tortoise

Mutt Adopts MoggiesDog adopts kittens

A female dog is nursing a litter of kittens which were orphaned when their mother died.

Their owner, Cai, of Jiangmen, China said he has been raising cats and dogs together for more than 10 years, and they all got along together well, however, this was the first time he had ever seen kittens being nursed by a dog Will and Guy have learned.

The four kittens seemed happy and content with their new mother's milk, while the dog was tending to its adopted family with love and care. 'Several days ago, the kittens' mother died after eating a poisoned rat, leaving behind a litter of kittens without a source of milk,' Cai volunteered. 'The kittens' cries may have stirred the dog's maternal nature, since it too had recently given birth. It volunteered to take over and feed the kittens of its old friend.'

The dog's own puppies had been taken away by one of its grown-up offspring. Cai mused, 'That's perhaps another reason why the dog adopted the kittens. She lost all of her own children.'

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