A white lion cub rejected by its mother at birth has been taken in by a dog.
Pointer mongrel Lejon has taken the little three-week-old lion cub Jojo under his paw - and the pair have reportedly been inseparable since meeting at the Safari Park in Stukenbrock, Germany.
According to the Daily Mail
, Jojo was initially separated from his mother because of a belly button infection, but when he was reunited with his mother, she rejected him.
Now the gorgeous cub is being hand-reared by caretaker Jeannette Wurms, who told Barcroft Media
: "After days of treatment we were not sure whether the mother would accept her baby.
"So for safety reasons we are handraising and bottle feeding. I am glad that Jojo has found something like a stepfather and stepbrother in my playful and loving pointer-mongrel Lejon."
Little Jojo isn't the only baby animal melting hearts today - a newborn baby gorilla at Chessington Zoo was also hogging some of the limelight and, looking at these pics
, it's not hard to see why...
See even more baby animal photos here (well, you can never have too many...)
- Javan leopard cubs
These babies, named Sri Kandi (left) and Arjuna (right) were born at Tierpark, Berlin, Germany. They made their debut on 5 March 2012.</p>
- Asian Orang utan
Clinging to his mum, baby Changi meets his public for the first time at Krefeld Zoo, Germany.</p>
- White rhino
This little rhino, named Male, was born in January. He's pictured here with his mother, Mana, at Magdeburg Zoo, Germany.</p>
- Dingo puppies
The zoo at Tierpark in Berlin celebrated the birth of a litter of four dingo babies in January.</p>
- Shy baby giraffe
Only a few days old, this baby giraffe, named Kimarle, peaks out from her enclosure at the ZOOM Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. The 170cm tall giraffe was born on March 9.</p>
- Squirrel monkey and mum
A one-month-old baby squirrel monkey clings to its mother's back at Qingdao Forest Wildlife Park, China.</p>
- Gorilla and mum
A two-week old baby gorilla is cuddled by her mum, Mumba, a Western Lowland Gorilla, at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford, Kent.</p>
- Tiny hedgehog
Born at Cincinnati Zoo, US, this one-month old hedgehog is being hand reared by keepers until it is old enough to be included in the zoo's outreach programme.</p>
- Happy elephant
Ludwig the baby elephant is clearly happy to be out and about at the Tierpark Hellabrunn Zoo, Munich.</p>
- Cuddling meerkats
These cuties were born in February at Bristol Zoo Gardens.</p>
- Polar bear cub
This cub was born prematurely at Toronto Zoo. His mum rejected him soon after he was born, so he was cared for by staff at the zoo. Here he is making his debut in February.</p>
- Baby gorilla, Dublin Zoo
This six-month old baby Western Lowland Gorilla is seen here enjoying the spring sunshine with her mother at Dublin Zoo.</p>
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