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German Shepherd Adopts Adorable Piglet As Its Own (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly

An unusual bond formed between two unlikely animals on a British Columbia farm after a dog adopted a little piglet.

Farm owner Richard Quiring said that the young piglet, named Sophie, was taken in after she became too weak to fight for her mother’s milk. Only a few days later, Sophie formed a strong bond with Quiring’s German Shepard, Duke. Sophie, one of 12 piglets, was nursed back to health and has been close with Duke ever since.

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“Sophie has the run of the yard,” Quiring said. "She doesn’t go to the pasture where the other pigs are; she just stays in the yard and hangs out with Duke and enjoys her freedom and the sun."

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The farmer said Sophie was saved from ultimately becoming a part of the farm’s pork program, and will instead be kept as a breeding mother.

“Very few are kept back as breeding stock, but for her it was an obvious choice,” he said. "Whether she was a boy or a girl, once she became part of the family, she separated herself in terms of her status around here."

Source: The Dodo, National Post / Photo Credit: thedodo.com