At a farm in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, a Dalmatian dog stepped in to comfort a newborn lamb who had been rejected by her own mother in a beautiful display of affection. To the owner’s surprise, the affectionate dog ended up adopting the tiny creature. With their special bond, the adorable couple melted millions of hearts online!
Dotty, an adorable lamb, was rejected by her mother shortly after birth because of her unusual appearance. Dotty, a cross between a pure-bred white Dorper ram and a Dorper and Van Rooy ewe, was born with some unusual markings on her fur and was rejected by her mother as a result. Fortunately, the little Dotty found solace in someone who resembled her – Zoe, a Dalmatian dog.
Soon after her mother abandoned her, John Bolton, the farm’s owner, began hand-feeding the lamb, but he was surprised and delighted to see she had found a new mother in Zoe, a very gentle dog.
“She’s in season at the moment and [was] sort of feeling that mothering instinct at a time when this lamb was there,” Bolton said. “So it just seemed to be quite a natural thing for her to pick this up and have something to mother.”
The adorable couple quickly grew in popularity, and footage of them spending time together quickly went viral. In the video below, you can see this unlikely duo!