Friday, March 23, 2012

Sunny Side Up

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great
loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts
also happens to the man. All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.”
- Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe -
Letter to President Franklin Pierce

This week’s sunny side up is a photo of an unusual animal friendship and the endearing story behind it.

A potbellied piglet and a rhodesian ridgeback
One cold night in 2009, Roland Adam of Hoerstel, Germany, discovered a pair of recently born pigs on his twenty-acre property. One had already died of exposure and the other was a squirming handful of pinkish skin, chilled to the core, barely alive. The piglet became little Paulinchen, and Roland decided to hand her off to his dog, who had recently weaned her own litter of pups.


Katjinga gave the piglet the soft-puppy treatment, keeping her clean and warm. The pig clearly felt right at home, even trying to nurse—though the dog was no longer producing milk. (Roland and his family took care of feedings.) A few days later, with pig and hound getting along like mother and son, Roland discovered Paulinchen’s birth mother with the rest of her litter, all healthy. He thanked Katjinga for her service and returned the lost baby to the pig family, which eagerly accepted her.

Story and photo found here.

8 comments:

  1. I love stories like this. That is the cutest little piglet ever!

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    1. I know...she's so cute; I want to just squeeze her!

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  2. I'm always amazed how animals instinctively care for one another. It's a good lesson for all of us.

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    1. It sure is. There are so many sweet stories like this one.

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  3. That is so sweet! A good day for a happy ending!

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    1. A story with a happy ending is always nice. Have a great weekend, Francie!

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  4. I am with Jane on this one. Amazing that animals can do it without a second thought. People... not so much.

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    1. We certainly could learn a few things from them.

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