Extreme puppy love

2010-10-17 13:53

Ntswaki Nkabinde’s daughter Nthabiseng (7) and son Tshepo (4) are not the only infants to have been nursed at the bosom of their mother.

One-month-old Teddy has also suckled at Nkabinde’s breast.

The only difference is that Teddy is a dog.

Nkabinde considers Teddy to be her last-born child anyway.

“I was visiting a neighbour when I first breast-fed Teddy. The neighbour’s dog Bobby had just given birth to a litter of six and my son liked putting Teddy on my lap and asking me to breast-feed her. So one day I put Teddy on my bosom and she starting suckling at my breast. I took her and now I’m raising her as my own.”

The neighbour, who prefers to remain anonymous, said: “We thought she was playing but we saw that she was serious.”

Nkabinde says that since ­Teddy started growing teeth, she has stopped breast-feeding her and is now feeding her ­regular milk from a carton.

The 27-year-old unemployed mother has received flak from her community.

“Some people call me Mma­dintja (dog-woman) and say that I will get sick or die. No one’s said anything to commend me. Others say that the police are looking for me and will arrest me for dog-abuse.”

It’s worse with her family.

“My family’s very upset. They ask if I’ve gone mad. They don’t even call me any more.”

Doesn’t this worry her?

“No. I don’t care what anyone says.”

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