Dog Adopts Lion Cubs At Zoo After Their Mother Rejected Them – Heartwarming Moment
Heartwarming moment (Video)
Dogs make such great foster parents. And that is exactly what one German Shepherd did for a couple of lion cubs at a Russian wildlife park. The two cubs were rejected by their mother and the dog took them in as her own. The two cubs had been born to their mother, a lioness named Sirona. However, the employees at the White Lion Park located in Vladivostok, soon began to get worried when they noticed that something wasn’t right with the first-time lion mom. They became concerned when they realised she was failing to care properly for her babies.
The staff noticed that Sirona had become “very introverted, reserved and secretive.” Furthermore, her two cubs were also suffering as they were emaciated and dehydrated. The director for the wildlife park, Viktor Agafonov, shared that Sirona’s behavior towards her cubs was not normal. She bit her own cubs, and Agafonov shared that one of the cubs even had a small wound. To make sure their situation didn’t turn fatal, keepers decided to give the puppies to a German Shepherd named Sandra, living at the park. She immediately took the two lions in as though they were her own puppies.
The staff decided to remove the cubs
As for the adoptive mom, Sandra, Agafonov shared that she normally doesn’t like cats. However, she was more than happy to be a foster mom for these two wild felines, perhaps because she was feeling very maternal following the birth of her own puppies. Agafonov assured that Sandra’s milk was acceptable for the lions, saying that it has ‘all necessary nutrients in order to grow up normally. Watch the video, they really needed a caring mom and it seems that they have gotten that in Sandra.
The staff at the wildlife park know that this adorable family dynamic won’t be able to last forever, but they’re hopeful that Sandra will be able to continue fostering them for a while longer.