STEPHENS CITY, Va., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Honey, a golden retriever from Stephens City, Va., hadn’t given birth in 18 months, but the cries of Precious, an orphaned kitten, made her a mother again.
The Martin family rescued Precious after Jimmy Martin found the tiny kitten near his workplace.
"Two or three days later, she (Honey) started lactating," said Martin. "She’s like a mother to this kitten."
Martin’s wife, Kathy, said the first time she saw Honey mothering the kitten her jaw dropped, the Winchester (Va.) Star reported Monday.
"This is another species all together, not even a cat," she said. "I’ve heard of animals having litters and taking two, but never lactating because something new came in."
The Martins asked a veterinarian about Honey and Precious and he confirmed that such maternal acts do happen on rare occasions.
Reports of a cat nursing a pug puppy and a dog nursing a piglet, as well as a tiger at a zoo in Thailand reportedly caring for a litter of piglets, have all circulated in the media.