Heinlein once said that sometimes being a mother is an attitude, not purely a biological reason. Let’s take a look at this story of a dog’s mother who certainly knows no bounds nor species to show her unconditional love.
It was in 2014 when a male lion cub was born at a zoo in Sri Lanka. Sadly, the cub’s mother rejected him, and the zookeepers were concerned about his situation. They wanted to ensure the cub will feel loved and that he will grow strong.
Since they considered that a dog’s love is arguably the best love, they decided to try to incorporate the cub into a newborn family of puppies owned by Heshan Mendis. At first, his potential new mother was not that interested with him, yet it only took a short time for her maternal instincts to warm her over.
After more or less six hours of being together, the mother dog changed as she nursed the cub along with her biological brood of puppies. Even the puppies turned out to be the cub’s playmates. This heart-warming situation happened for three weeks before the cub was relocated to a more suitable home like the zoo.
He was then transferred to a sanctuary as he became a full-grown lion. He never forgot Mendis. Mendis still managed to visit and enjoyed petting him.
On the other hand, animal experts said that there were two major reasons why a lioness rejected or abandoned the cub. She might have thought that she didn’t have enough milk for the cub, or she might have favored a stronger cub over another.
In rare instances, a cub might be rejected if it has been overly handled by humans. From this story, it’s overwhelming to know that a mother dog’s love was so vast that she could share it with nonbiological babies too.
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