It was love at first sight for a mother cat and baby raccoon that -- by a stroke of serendipity -- were placed together in the same cage at the Jonesboro Animal Control, Associated Press reports.
Last Friday, a 10-month-old cat named J.J. arrived at the shelter in Jonesboro, Ark., with two tiny kittens in tow. On the very same day, a 2-week-old baby raccoon -- now called 'Bandit' -- was rescued by an Animal Control officer.
The raccoon was having trouble eating and the officer placed it next to J.J. The cat immediately started nursing and cleaning the little fellow.
"We were having to feed him around the clock every two hours and had to clean him up, now the momma cat does everything," Animal Control supervisor Larry Rogers said.
Watch four videos of other cats who have happily taken on interspecies maternal duties.
According to BBC News, a Dutch zookeeper's cat adopted two baby red pandas after the cubs were rejected by their mother. The cat -- which had just given birth to litter -- nursed the panda cubs alongside her own kittens, giving them a chance of survival.
A mother cat adopted by Jim and Karen Watkins of Jackson, Miss., adopted an animal in need of its own -- a baby squirrel named Rocky who fell out of a tree, The Huffington Post reports. Incredibly, after being nursed back to health by his new mom, Rocky learned how to purr.
According to U-Zoo, a cat took it upon herself to nurse and protect three puppies after they lost their mom.
A wolf-cub in a Siberian zoo was adopted by a cat after it was rejected by its mother and was on the brink of death, RT News reports.