This Siberian Husky named Lilo is defiantly not a typical mother— but I guess Rosie the kitten is not a typical puppy either!
Lilo’s family discovered Rosie at only 3 weeks old. The little kitten had no place to live, nothing to eat and was extremely close to death. Lilo and her family knew they had to step in and help. Once they have taken the kitten into their home, Lilo the Husky started acting as a surrogate mom, taking care of the kitten and helping her to regain her strength. Ever since Rosie loved Lilo like a real mother, deriving comfort from their time spent together.
Lilo and Rosie’s incredible relationship was captured on video and posted to YouTube where it has received more than 6.3 MILLION views.
The family shares their story in the video, saying: “Lilo the Siberian husky is a wonderful surrogate to our new foster, little Rosie. Rosie was really week and unresponsive when we brought her home. So we decided to let her cuddle extensively with Lilo.”
“Lilo has always had an innate motherly instinct, but even knowing her all these years we were really surprised when she went full surrogate mode! Lilo has never had puppies of her own, and unfortunately never will. But motherhood may just be her calling 🙂 “
An author of the 2011 book Unlikely Friendships, Jenny Holland, says that interspecies animal relationships aren’t as rare as people assume. She describes cases of a dog nursing a baby squirrel, apes that took on cats as their infants, a dog that watched over a baby owl, and of course an adorable cat that formed a loving friendship with an iguana.
She also explained why animals form these bizarre and adorable friendships when talking to National Geographic
“I did talk to animal behaviorists, and in most cases the context is important. Animals put together, tend to bond. That’s perhaps not terribly surprising.”
“Sometimes, the loss of a parent or baby may have spurred one animal to offer affection to another. And some relationships aren’t easily explained, so I think they are just about enjoying companionship, similar to the way humans do.”
Rosie is now an adult cat, but she still remains extremely close with Lilo and the other members of her family. In this video, you see the two of them playing, all grown up and just as bonded as ever!
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