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Your morning adorable: German shepherd foster mom raises cougar cubs in Russian zoo

German shepherd dog Cholli raises puma cubs

Staff at the zoo in Samara, Russia, were excited about the birth of three cougar cubs on July 15 -- but they were afraid to leave the cubs with their parents for fear that they could react aggressively and harm the infants.

The cubs were given instead to Cholli, a German shepherd dog with five young puppies of her own and a maternal instinct that just wouldn't quit. Since then, Cholli and her foster "kids" have gotten along swimmingly, and she's fed them and cared for them as if they were her own puppies.

We're always impressed by animals who overlook the differences between species to make sure that youngsters are okay -- whether it's a duck caring for kittens, a dog raising an orphaned monkey or a house cat nursing a litter of bobcats. Oh, animals, we'll never grow tired of marveling at you!

See more photos of Cholli and the cougar cubs after the jump!

German shepherd dog Cholli raises puma cubs

German shepherd dog Cholli raises puma cubs

German shepherd dog Cholli raises puma cubs

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Alexander Kuzovenko / European Pressphoto Agency

 
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If only people were so accepting and blind to differences.

LOVE IT!!!

What an exceptional momma Cholli is. I would love to have seen pictures of her, her puppies and her new fosters all together. Kudos to her and good luck to all her babies!


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