It’s no secret that dogs are some of the most amazingly warm and compassionate animals out there. In fact, a lot of humans could stand to take a few lessons!
But sometimes, we meet a dog whose capacity for love is truly astounding.
Dogs, both males and females, have been known to “adopt” baby animals of other species, providing them with warmth and protection, like nurse dog Blakely, who served as a guardian and surrogate dad to some orphaned baby cheetahs.
But then there’s Candy, a cocker spaniel-poodle mix who really wen above and beyond when it came to caring for needy babies.
It all started when some children near Hoedspruit, South Africa, found three baby genets in a puddle, their mother having abandoned them. Genets are small African mammals that resemble foxes or cats, and are related to civets.
The kids contacted their local pastor, who in turn contacted the Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage, which takes in orphaned animals and also works with underprivileged children to educate them about animals and the environment.
Daktari founders Ian and Michele Merrifield were concerned about the babies. Only about two weeks old, they needed a mother for warmth and food. Wrapping them in blankets, they laid the baby genets next to their dogs to keep them warm.
But they never expected what would happen next. Read on to find out!
[H/T: The Dodo]