A farm dog and baby piglet cuddle together after the baby runt was dismissed by its own mother.
An eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Katjinga took on motherly duties for Paulinchen, a tiny pot-bellied pig.
Paulinchen was discovered moments from death and placed in the care of the dog who happily adopted it as one of her own. Katjinga fell in love with the two-week old piglet at first sight. Paulinchen can even be seen trying to suckle from her new mommy.
Property developer Roland found the weak and struggling piglet after she was abandoned one evening. “I found Paulinchen all alone and when I lifted her up she was really cold. I felt sure some local foxes would have taken the little pig that very night so I took it into my house and gave her to Katjinga.”
“Katjinga is the best mother you can imagine. She immediately fell in love with the piggy. Straight away she started to clean it like it was one of her own puppies. Days later she started lactating again and giving milk for the piggy. She obviously regards it now as her own baby.”
Based on story by Liam Miller - photos by animal press/barcroft media