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End of days: Shetland pony breastfeeds a lamb and a dog wet nurses a cat

by | 21st, May 2013

lamb shetland pony End of days: Shetland pony breastfeeds a lamb and a dog wet nurses a cat

YOU’VE seen women breastfeeding other animals. How about a Shetland pony udder-feeding an orphaned lamb?

Georgina Hirst was riding a horse in the Black Mountains in Wales when she spotted the coupling:

“I was out riding one day and I spotted a baby lamb feeding. The first time I saw it I couldn’t quite believe it – I thought I might be imagining it. But then I saw it again and again over the space of about a wee It seemed the Shetland mare had adopted the orphaned lamb and was letting it feed from her. Shetlands are not normally so amenable. The lamb was obviously hungry and it’s quite amazing that it learnt to suckle from the mare. It might have just copied the foal.” 

Ms Hirst examined the lamb and followed markings to track down the farmer. This might be good news for the farmer, but perhaps less so for the foal and the lamb, who planned to go an epic adventures and star in Saturday morning cartoons.

The other breastfeeding news story is of a dog spotted nursing a kitten in South Carolina. Anderson Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith spotted the Shih Tzu- mix and her feline pal:

“I didn’t know what to think. I was shocked and surprised and then of course, awww.”

Did you think ‘Awwwww’ when you saw the woman breastfeeding the tiger cubs or Janine breastfeeding a cat? Or was it ‘Eu!’
Lest you think this inter-species bonding odd, a sign of the end of days, Jessica Cwynar, director of the shelter, says “such behaviour is natural for mammals”:
“It would be like one of us seeing a neglected or abandoned child and taking it under our wing.”
No. It wouldn’t. It would be like one of us breastfeeding a different species of mammal.



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