287. Miracle Horse Story
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Abandoned piglet is lost and hound: Giant farm dog saves baby pig's
bacon by adopting it as one of its own
By Liam Milller
A giant farm dog and a tiny piglet cuddle up as if they were family
after the baby runt was dismissed by its own mother.
Katjinga, an eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, took on motherly duties for
grunter Paulinchen - a tiny pot-bellied pig - and seems to be taking the
adoption in her stride.
Lonely Paulinchen was luckily discovered moments
from death and placed in the care of the dog who gladly accepted it as one of
her own. Thankfully for the two-week old mini porker, Katjinga fell in love with
her at first sight and saved her bacon.
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Motherly love: Baby piglet feeds on its new surrogate mum
unlikely relationship has made the wrinkly piggy a genuine sausage dog. In
these adorable images Paulinchen can even be seen trying to suckle from her
gigantic new mum.
The two animals live together on a huge 20-acre
farm in Hoerstel, Germany, where Katjinga's owners Roland Adam, 54, and his
wife Edit, 44, a bank worker, keep a pair of breeding Vietnamese pigs.
Nose place like home: The baby piglet nuzzles up to its new mum
Property developer Roland found the weak and struggling piglet after she was
abandoned by the rest of her family one evening after she was born.
He said: "The pigs run wild on our land and the sow had given birth to a
litter of five in our forest.
"I found Paulinchen all alone and when I
lifted her up she was really cold.
Feeding time: Piglet's new canine mother has no problem
providing milk for the youngster
"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
"She had just finished with a litter of her own, who are
now 10 months, so I thought there was a chance she might take on the duties
of looking after her.
"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."
Mum of the year? Quite possibly.
Caring pooch checks up on her new addition