Golden Retriever Nurses Leopard Cub Separated from Mom

February 1, 2018 Last Updated: February 1, 2018

A newborn leopard cub has found an unlikely wet nurse in a golden retriever called Tessy at the Sadgorod Zoo in Vladivostok, Russia, after he was separated from its mother by zookeepers. Zoo staff said that the leopard’s mother has a history of maltreating her cubs, which led to the separate the cub from his birth mom. Although zookeepers attempted to bottle feed the cub in the beginning, they soon found an unlikely candidate to take over providing nourishment for the little feline.

“We found a female golden retriever,” says a trainer in the video. “In addition to his little leopard, she has four cubs of her own.”