By Hannah Phillips
Adorable footage of a huge dog nursing a baby goat abandoned by its mother at birth alongside her own puppies has gone viral.
Three-year-old Great Pyrenees dog Blizzie, adopted kid Rita, four weeks, when she was rejected by her mum at birth and has been feeding her along with her other four puppies ever since.
Farmer Glori Rushing, 18, said the minute Rita’s mum Smore refused to feed her, maternal Blizzie stepped in – jumping into the pen and carrying the kid to lay with her own puppies, who she’d given birth to just days before.
Glori, who runs a farm in Lincoln, Missouri, said: “I bought Smore about four months ago and was surprised when she had quadruplets.
“Unfortunately, the other three kids didn’t make it and Smore didn’t want anything to do with Rita.
“Blizzie has recently had a litter of puppies and her pen has a fence of about six foot.
“She climbed over it, into the pen to pick up Rita and put her with her own puppies.
“Blizzie took care of Rita so I just let her keep her, because she was doing an amazing job.
“I think Rita might start barking one day. It’s really interesting watching them together.
“Usually, Blizzie has eight to 10 puppies but this time she barely had any, so she’s got loads of milk and all the puppies are really fat.”
Glori said she initially tried to reunite Rita with her own mum but when Smore kept rejecting her, she allowed Blizzie to adopt her.
And after Glori and her husband, Nathaniel, tried to bottle feed Rita, it became clear that the baby goat preferred her adopted mum’s milk.
Glori said: “I try to feed Rita from a bottle but Blizzie wants to nurse her. Blizzie will sit there and wait for her.
“Blizzie is supposed to help look after the farm and the goats but I’ve never seen her take one in like this before.
“I was giving Rita a bottle every couple of hours because I didn’t know how good dog milk would be for a goat, but she would just go and nurse from Blizzie instead.
“Rita and the other puppies get on so well, she’s really good with them but she’s got these big long legs. She does act like she’s one of the puppies.”