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German Shepherd becomes foster mother for lion cubs01:32

German Shepherd becomes foster mother for lion cubs

Russian Federation, Timofeevka village
September 24, 2020 at 20:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two lion cubs that were separated from their mother have been adopted by a dog in local animal park near Vladivostok, footage from Thursday shows.

Sirona, the mother of the cubs, abandoned the two cubs she gave birth to just a week ago in the Beliy Lev (White Lion) animal park, 55 km (34 miles) away from Vladivostok, in the village of Timofeevka.

The head of the park, Viktor Agafonov, decided to find a dog who could feed the emaciated babies. A married couple from the town of Artyom volunteered their 8-year-old dog, Sandra, who allegedly never liked cats, but have nevertheless not rejected the cubs.

Sandra also has her own puppy, but there is enough milk for the "adopted" ones.

Two little lion cubs, a male and a female, could have died if the residents of the city of Artyom had not sent Sandra to the park, who will live there temporarily, and will return home when there is no more need for her milk.

"We offer our kids to the foster mother, a German shepherd named Sandra, she is already quite an old dog, but accepted the cubs. She has one puppy, it a lot smaller than the lion cubs, but the dogs have enough milk for everyone, because usually she feeds eight puppies,” Agafonov says.

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Two lion cubs that were separated from their mother have been adopted by a dog in local animal park near Vladivostok, footage from Thursday shows.

Sirona, the mother of the cubs, abandoned the two cubs she gave birth to just a week ago in the Beliy Lev (White Lion) animal park, 55 km (34 miles) away from Vladivostok, in the village of Timofeevka.

The head of the park, Viktor Agafonov, decided to find a dog who could feed the emaciated babies. A married couple from the town of Artyom volunteered their 8-year-old dog, Sandra, who allegedly never liked cats, but have nevertheless not rejected the cubs.

Sandra also has her own puppy, but there is enough milk for the "adopted" ones.

Two little lion cubs, a male and a female, could have died if the residents of the city of Artyom had not sent Sandra to the park, who will live there temporarily, and will return home when there is no more need for her milk.

"We offer our kids to the foster mother, a German shepherd named Sandra, she is already quite an old dog, but accepted the cubs. She has one puppy, it a lot smaller than the lion cubs, but the dogs have enough milk for everyone, because usually she feeds eight puppies,” Agafonov says.

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