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1.) Isabella, a golden retriever in Kansas who adopted 3 white Bengal tiger cubs and nursed them as her own. Zookeepers Tom and Allie Harvey brought the cubs home, and their dog Isabella stepped right up.

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2.) Rhodesian ridgeback dog, adopted an abandoned pot-bellied piglet in Aug 2009. Katjinga’s owner, Roland Adam, found the piggy alone and cold and brought it to his 8-year-old dog.

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3.) Pixie still had milk after giving birth to her 1st litter of pups few months earlier, and she accepted the 3 squirrels without any qualms in Mar 2010. She nursed the homeless squirrels for 5 weeks at her NC home, then an animal rehabilitation specialist carried on raising them till they were ready to be freed.

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4.)  The young elk pictured here was delivered from a flooding river by a farmer in South Korea in July 2009. This female dog eagerly adopted the elk and started breastfeeding and guarding him.

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5.)  Chia, a Pomeranian in Emporia, Kan., Allow 4 abandoned kitties nurse from her in Aug 2000. Chia, who had a 2-week-old puppy of her own at the time, adopted the parentless kittens after they were found by her owner’s boyfriend.

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6.) Koko the gorilla has loved cuddling and nurturing kittens since 1984. Gorilla Foundation volunteer Janis Turner arranged to have a litter of orphaned kittens visit Koko in September 2009, and Koko became especially enamored with a tiny orange kitten named Tigger, pictured here. “Something fascinated her about Tigger,” Turner told PeoplePets.com.

“Koko purrs. I get chills just thinking about it. She does this deep purr and she’s so gentle and has this loving looking in her eye. … Kittens are so calm around Koko because she has that motherly instinct.”

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7.)  Three baby pigs rest next to their adoptive mother, Sai Mai, an 8-year-old tiger, at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand in January 2010.

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8.)  Wild long-tailed macaque monkey in Bali, Indonesia. He stunned animal lovers around the world when he adopted an abandoned kitten and cared for it as his own. The monkey was spotted in a forest protectively nuzzling and grooming the ginger kitten, making sure no harm came to it. The extraordinary sight was captured by amateur photographer Anne Young while on a holiday to the Monkey Forest Park in Bali’s Ubud region.

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9.)  A Siamese cat named Amanda, owned by Debbie Girting of Beaver, Pa., is shown here nursing her two newborn kittens along with an orphaned litter of puppies in March 2010.

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10.) The “Happy Families” exhibits at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand certainly aren’t run-of-the-mill. They feature animal families of mixed species, including families of baby pigs adopted by tiger mothers and families of tiger cubs adopted by mother pigs. One such surrogate sow is pictured here in this April 2009 photo with her baby tiger cubs.

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