When six boar piglets in Germany were orphaned, they found the care of a mother in a peculiar place - the warmth of Baby the French bulldog, who lives at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, The Associated Press
Sanctuary worker Norbert Damm said that the canine took to the piglets immediately. Only three days old, the baby animals were shivering from cold when Baby ran up to them to snuggle them and keep them warm, he told the news outlet.
It is not the first time Baby has proved her maternal instincts, People Magazine
reports. In the past, the sanctuary has taken in baby racoons, kittens and other animals, and the pooch stepped in to help raise them.
The 8-year-old bulldog has stayed by the side of the piglets since they were brought to the sanctuary on Saturday, making sure they are safe and sound.
"She thinks they're her own babies," Damm told the AP.
Wild boars are common in Germany, and herds have been growing as commercial crops have provided them with more food in recent years, according to the source. These piglets will not be able to be released into the wild because of their comfort with humans, but could be set free at a nature reserve in about three months.