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Cat nurses pups at LAC

Four orphaned Border Collie puppies that were brought to Langebaan Animal Care (LAC)’s shelter and nursed by a cat have all found a loving home.

The story and viral video caused quite an uproar on Facebook. It was fascinating to witness a cat (Katryn) nursing the pups as if they were her own kittens.

According to Izelle Marallich, chairperson of LAC, Katryn was brought to them a few weeks ago as an abandoned cat and unfortunately her kittens did not survive.

“She was still lactating, so we took her in and kept her safe till we could have her sterilized. Then along came four three-week-old puppies that were handed over to us as unwanted,” explained Marallich.

“Katryn then claimed the puppies as her own and has been nursing them since then and protects them and cleans them as her own.”

According to National Geographic’s website, in some cases, an animal will adopt one of its own species while a mutual benefit also plays an important role.

“In order for the relationship to be sustained, both parties may have to benefit in some way.”

Fortunately the silver lining for Katryn was that she recently gave birth to two kittens.

Weslander also shared the video (watch it on www.fb.com/Weslander).

Here are some of the comments from Facebook:

Charlene Sherman: This is the sweetest thing ever. So special! Wish I could take them all.

Doreen Frieslaar: Animals are the sweetest and nearest to my heart.

Michele Brittle Donovan: This is the best feel good story of the day.

Bev Kelly: I pray that if someone adopts a pup that they will take the mommy too, bless her. Animals are so amazing, humans could learn a lot from them especially love and acceptance.

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