By Charles Wade-Palmer
An adorable piglet pairing pushed aside a litter of puppies to feed from a Labrador Retriever.
When farmers Serena Spearey and Adam Szymborski, both 38, introduced two piglets to their dog Molly who gave birth just three weeks earlier, they struggled to take them from the teet.
The incredible foster mum soon got used to the unusual feeding habits of the two hungry piglets who had no problem suckling from a totally different species.
Serena said: “The piglets just treated the puppies as though they were other piglets and didn’t seem to notice there was any difference between the two species.
“If a puppy was on the teat they would bite it on the nose until they let go so they could move in.
“Molly was confused at first by the strange noises and aggression of the piglets but before long her mothering instincts kicked in and welcomed them as her own.”
Serena and Adam took the piglets to the teat of their dog after their 300kg large white cross mother died from a suspected heart attack during their delivery.
Molly fostered two of the four piglets born and the other two went to another sow but she didn’t have enough teat to feed the others as well.
The piglets were an unusual addition to Molly’s second litter of working dogs Fox Red Labrador Retrievers at the farm in Rutland, Leics.
Serena said: “Piglets feed a lot more often than puppies do so it wasn’t surprising they were constantly hungry.
“Molly’s been a super mum to her second litter which are fine and growing up well and are even getting playful now.”
The piglets which are not even a week old have been moved on to a lady who hand rears pigs for children’s petting parties.
When they’re too big for the petting they are likely to be reunited with Molly at the Leicestershire farm before being taken to the market.
Serena’s partner Adam said: “The piglets were so much more active than the three-week-old pups and can climb out of the whelping box to cause mayhem as they sprint round the house.
“It was lovely to see them all just snuggle together in one big pile when it’s time to sleep.”