Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Baby Panther Adopted by Dog

BELGRADE, Serbia - Man's best friend helped save this tiny cat.

A 15-day-old female panther named Milica has been adopted by a Rhodesian Ridgeback after her mother refused to feed her and tried to kill her in the Belgrade zoo.

"The mother panther has killed all her cubs since 1999," zookeeper Dragan Jovanovic said.

"We believe she has been traumatized by the sound of NATO bombs" during airstrikes in the Serbian capital intended to stop former President Slobodan Milosevic's crackdown against ethnic Albanian separatists in 1999, he said.

Now Milica fights with several newborn puppies over milk from her adopted mother. She also appears to enjoy every bit of attention she gets from her new family.

For the AMAZING and ADORABLE video, see the Yahoo posted video.


Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

How amazing! It's just a fabulous example of how the nurturing trait of some animals can overlook any differences.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

awww - what a great story! and the little panther is so cute! we love the claws and the RAAHHRRRR expression on its little face.

jenianddean said...

That is a great story ... I wish I looked as ferocious as that panther some days, then maybe Maggie wouldn't pounce me while I nap...
--Huggy Bear

Pet's are 4 Life said...

Little panther, you must come here!! I want to smooch you!!

The Cat Realm said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you, Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog!