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Dogs Who Rescue Abandoned Babies

Updated on March 8, 2013

The Truth About the Founders of Rome

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Every once in a while there's an item in the news that reminds us of the story of Romulus and Remus. Legend has it that Romulus, the first king of Rome, and its co-founder, was one of a pair of twins raised by a she-wolf.

Romulus and Remus

Photo Credit: The Wikipedia
Photo Credit: The Wikipedia

Today, my current intern, Katie, and I were looking for positive news stories that might be of interest to Bow. He can get very upset if he hears of cruelty, whether it is directed at chimpanzees, humans or anyone else. He behaves badly when he is upset, so stories about prisoners in Guantanamo are something we avoid. Today, this item jumped out at us as being the kind of story that Bow likes.

A mother dog in Argentina rescued an abandoned baby and placed it alongside her own puppies. See the link below.

The mother instinct is an amazing thing. Mother love transcends race barriers and even can be transferred to a different species. Sometimes a dog has it, while the human who is the birth mother of the child in question does not.

You would think this sort of event would be rare -- something that happens once in a thousand years. But in searching for the link for this story so I could include it here, I found yet another story of an abandoned baby and a dog who rescued it. This time the dog was Romanian, and the item was first posted in 2003.

If you know of similar stories, please add a link to them in the comments section.

(c) 2008 Aya Katz


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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Michael Shane, thanks! If you hear of any more such stories, please let me know!

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      This is a beautiful & fascinating story & hub!

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      Aya Katz 9 years ago from The Ozarks

      Yes. I worry about that, too. We need to curb our own growth, rather than complaining of "excess populations" of species that are being driven out of existence.

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      Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I truly hope you are right, as otherwise I dread to think how many more natural habitats and species will have been wiped out in the next decade or so.

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      Aya Katz 9 years ago from The Ozarks

      Mistyhorizon, you are very right that if humans disappeared from the planet, the natural balance would be restored. However, being a human myself, I'd like to think that there is still hope for humanity, too. ;->

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      Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I agree totally, and can't really imagine dogs voting in national elections either LOL.

      I have a kind of theory that the best thing that could happen to this planet is for the human race to be wiped out so animals would naturally take over and nature would find it's own balance. We destroy so many species and the habitat of others that I feel we do more harm than good and the planet would be better off without us.

      We abuse animals and underestimate them so much, and the story which immediately springs to mind is the one where the military trained dolphins to seek out mines, yet when they let the dolphins loose to perform this task they all "F****d off back to the wild". How intelligent is that!

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      Aya Katz 9 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thanks, Mistyhorizon.

      Other animals are definitely important, and they should be respected, although the words "equal rights" have so many different meanings that I tend to shy away from them. In terms of the right to thrive and flourish, I think there should be more of other animals than of humans. Right now it's going the other way. and people don't seem to realize that it would be a better world for us if there were more of them than of us.

      But equal rights also conjures up weird images of dogs voting in national elections, which I think is a little bit unrealistic. Dogs should have the freedom to be dogs and do what dogs do best. For instance, these dogs could not have rescued those babies if they had been penned up or adhered to strict leash laws. It's because they were allowed to roam that they could find the babies and bring them to safety.

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      Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      What a great hub, and one that further convinces me of our equal importance with animals and that we should respect their equal rights on this planet.


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