Tags: dog nurses piglet, pig nurses puppies, pink and tink
Answer: A pig interacting with a member of another animal species.
There’s nothing quite like watching animals from different species interact, especially if one of the animals is a pig.
One particular niche of this pig/other animal segment I like to refer to as the “PNBNP,” which stands for Pigs Nursed By Non-Pig.
Some are internet superstars, some local heroes. Here are a few PNBNP’s:
More than likely you’ve heard of internet superstars Tink and Pink, the dachshund mom who nursed an ailing piglet. If not, you can see photos and story here. Pink was born premature and too weak to milk from its own mother. Tink had milk to spare, with only one surviving puppy in her litter. So the owner put 2 and 2 together and the rest is internet history. You can read more about them in my What’s New with the Daschund Nursing Piglet blog post.
Next is celebrity PNBNP citing out of Weed County, Florida. Introducing Tequila and her adopted six pack of piglets; Snowball, Junior, Mud, Freckles, Spot and Wilbur, born July 22nd, 2009.
Check out Tequila and her adopted six pack:
Apparently it works both ways. In the Greek village of Vritta, a generous sow does the nursing after ‘adopting’ four puppies who were abandoned by their mom. Watch them here.
Similarly, back in 2008 a mama pig in Laos nursed one lucky doggy as you can see in this video:
(Side Note: I was actually in Laos in 2008, but was not lucky enough to spot such a miracle:)
So there you have it, just a few examples of this inter-species nursing phenomenon. Imagine how many go unreported each year. If you know of others feel free to share with us all in the Comments.