8 adorable adoptive animal mothers to melt your cold, cold heart

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Let’s hear it for all the mothers! The biological and non-biological, the female and non-female, the fluffy and non-fluffy…

And particularly this lot, a selection of adoptive mothers from the animal kingdom to have you weeping into your Shreddies. Enjoy.


1. The tiger mom who adopted three orphan piglets

Whether the tiger was really fooled by these jackets or just appreciated the piglets’ way with animal prints we may never know, but the resulting mother/child relationship was like a beautiful Jungle Book and Babe mash-up movie come to life.


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This cat who adopted a baby rabbit

“Bubbles always knew she was different to her siblings, but she could never quite put her finger on why that was… ”

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This Macaque monkey who adopted a lost kitten

Macaque monkey and cat

Despite the impressive grey whiskers, this monkey is still a youngster itself – but it was spotted protecting, nuzzling and grooming its adopted ginger kitten at the Monkey Forest park in Bali.

Tschuh, why do parents always have to do that in public?


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This cat who adopted a baby squirrel

Did y’all hear the story of Rocky, the tiny baby squirrel who fell from the sky and was adopted by a generous mother cat? Watch and sniffle, folks. You also get to marvel at the way Americans pronounce squirrel ‘squirl’, which is a bonus.


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The dog who adopted a tiny pot-bellied piglet

Dog piglet

Did you ever see anything as precious as Katjinga, the mother dog who adopted a two week-old orphan piglet found abandoned in the woods? Or, as we mistakenly labelled this photo, ‘dog adopts tiny elephant’.


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The wild crow who adopted an abandoned kitten

Fluffy animals adopting other fluffies is cute, yes, but somehow there’s something even better about tough animals displaying a maternal side – mainly because you can imagine the whole thing being turned into a smash hit Disney Pixar.

This home video from the late 90s shows Moses, a wild crow ‘with no known history of humanitarian benevolence’ (because they checked his records for that kind of thing) adopting and raising Cassie, a stray kitten. He’d be voiced by Russell Crowe, naturally.


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The pigeon who adopted three tiny rabbits

Pigeon and bunny


Here’s a story to coo over: Noah the one-legged pigeon (apparently all inter-species adoptive animals have biblical names) was living in animal rehab when one day he took a shine to three orphan bunny siblings who lived in the cage next door. The feeling was reciprocal, and before long Noah had taken his teeny pals under his wing.


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This bulldog who adopted a very fluffy kitten

bulldog and kitten

Does the tale of Harley, the grumpy bulldog-turned-foster-mum to abandoned kitten Tigger, make us feel warm and shmooshy inside?

In the words of another famous bulldog, ohhhhhhhhh yes.


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The lion cub who was raised by a friendly warthog and meerkat

Hakuna Matata gif


Oh no, wait.


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Lauren Bravo