When photos of a dog carrying her 10-day-old puppies to safety surfaced on Reddit Friday, the images elicited warm-and-fuzzy reactions from several users on the site.
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A house fire in Temuco, Chile, destroyed the portion of the home where the pups lived, local news agency Soy Temuco reports.
Although the puppies were safely delivered to a fire truck by their mother, homeowner Omar Torres was transported to a local hospital for burn treatments.
Unfortunately, a separate article by the paper reports one of the puppies, named Amparo, died Thursday night due to te severe burns. The rest of the puppies are in stable condition.
Of course, mother dogs have good instincts when it comes to saving their young.
A recent video from ABC News shows a golden retriever jumping in to a pool to save her struggling pup. But when the little one can't pull itself to the surface, the mother climbs out of the pool and brings it to safety.
Mom Cat Adopts Red Panda Cubs
<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7498895.stm" target="_hplink">According to BBC News</a>, 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 a litter of her own kittens -- nursed the panda cubs alongside her own babies, giving them a chance of survival. The red panda is an endangered species that lives in Himalayan regions in China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Burma.
Mom Cat Adopts Squirrel, Teaches It To Purr
A rescued mother cat named Emmy adopted an animal in need of its own -- a baby squirrel named Rocky who fell out of a tree, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/10/cat-adopts-squirrel-teach_n_712377.html" target="_hplink">The Huffington Post reports. </a> After Rocky was rescued by Emmy's owners and included in her litter, the mother cat immediately took to the little guy and cared for him as if he were one of her own. Incredibly, after being nursed back to health by his new mom, Rocky learned how to purr, just like the other kittens.
Golden Retriever Mom Adopts Three Bengal Tigers
Isabella, a golden retriever, adopted three white bengal tiger cubs after their mother abandoned them at a rural Kansas zoo, <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/31541834/ns/today-today_pets_and_animals/t/tigers-say-bye-mom-dog-raised-them/#.T6BZGcRYvMA" target="_hplink">MSNBC reports.</a> The white bengal tigers thrived on Isabella's milk and grew into strong adults.
Cat Adopts Baby Raccoon
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, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/mother-cat-jj-adopts-baby_n_1400863.html#s839858&title=Cat_Adopts_Three" target="_hplink">The Huffington Post reports. </a> Last month, 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 so, the officer placed it next to J.J., hoping that the mother cat would take to the little animal. J.J.'s maternal instincts quickly kicked in and she immediately started nursing and cleaning the little fellow, <a href="http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120403/BLOGS22/120409885" target="_hplink">Associated Press reports.</a>
Cat Adopts Wolf-Cub
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, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWR_mLFo1-k" target="_hplink">RT News reports.</a>
Dog Adopts Farrow Of Wild Boat Piglets
A French bulldog named Baby has adopted six orphaned wild boar piglets after finding them in a forest near Berlin,<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO9FBW8Dlus" target="_hplink"> ITN News reports.</a>
Rescue Dog Adopts Baby Raccoon
"She's his momma," said veterinarian Dr. Kelly Hogan, referring to Sasha -- the rescue dog who adopted an orphaned baby raccoon. <a href="http://www.foxillinois.com/news/top-stories/Dog-rescues-baby-raccoon--121633389.html" target="_hplink">Fox News reports</a> that after Sasha was saved from the brink of death by a local rescue group, the dog soon returned the favor when she took in a baby raccoon that was brought to the same shelter, nursing it back to health and treating it as her own.
Cat Adopts Three Puppies
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iUaHLdzSgpo" target="_hplink">According to U-Zoo</a>, a cat took it upon herself to nurse and protect three puppies after they lost their mom.