Love me tender: dog plays mom to newborn buck

2012-05-11 00:00

SISTER the dog has played mom to kittens and even a baby monkey before, and in her latest maternal quest adopted a tiny newborn bluebuck fawn.

A family in Highflats in the south of KwaZulu-Natal were surprised to wake up to the sight of their lactating dog feeding a bluebuck fawn in their yard yesterday.

The Stainbank family live on a farm near Highflats which is surrounded by bush.

Marvin Stainbank, the own, told The Witness that Sister’s eight puppies died last week.

Sister and is a cross Labrador-collie and often takes care of other animals.

She is also feeding a puppy from another dog’s litter.

“This was not the first time Sister has brought home different animals.

“Last year she came home with a baby monkey and fed it until it was grown.

“Now she is feeding the other dog’s puppy and the bluebuck. The puppy gets jealous because she is giving the buck more time.

“She did not want anyone to come near her and the bluebuck in the kennel.

When I got to her she was feeding the buck herself and I was mesmeried.”

He said there were wild animals all around the area.

“We have monkeys, wild pigs, bluebuck and bushbuck.”

The sight has attracted neighbours and friends who came in droves to see the dog feeding the fawn yesterday.

A relative, Gregory Hughes, called out, “We will be charging you for coming here because this is a tourist attraction,” to the laughter of the amazed visitors.

Hughes said one would expect to see a dog chasing a buck, but Sister was proving protective of her new ward.

A vet has told them that Sister’s milk is not nutritious enough for the fawn.

The baby buck lay quietly in the kennels as Sister licked its face from time to time.

Roz Marais of Free Me wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Midlands removed the buck yesterday afternoon.

“This is a newborn and needs special care. We are going to be taking care of it for the next four months …”


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