Skip to comments.Dog adopts rejected white lion cub
Posted on 08/01/2012 9:56:36 AM PDT by JoeProBono
PADERBORN, Germany,- A German zookeeper said a white lion cub rejected by its mother was adopted by her male dog whose name means lion.
Jeanette Wurms, 36, a lion keeper at the Stukenbrock safari park near Paderborn, said baby lion Jojo was developing an infection where her umbilical cord was severed after her birth about three weeks ago, requiring frequent vet visits, The Local.de reported Wednesday.
Wurms said the frequent vet attention led Jojo's mother, Nala, to reject her, so she brought the cub home with her.
The zookeeper said her dog, Lejon, whose name is Swedish for "lion," took an instant liking to the cub.
"Lejon looked after her with me from the first day, licking her clean, and lying next to her when I was giving Jojo her bottle. Since then we have become a very special family," Wurms said.
Wurms said Jojo is now spending large amounts of time each day playing in the garden with her adopted father dog.
Who lives down in deepest darkest Africa?
Third pic is head explosion cuteness overload.
If Lejon means “lion” in Swedish, what does “Wurms” mean in English?
HORRORS!!! Don’t they know the TERRIBLE DANGER that poor little lion cub is in? That dog is a PIT BULL! No poor little lion cub should ever be placed in the terrible danger of being caged with such a FEROCIOUS, DANGEROUS DOG.
The zookeeper’s name “Wurms” has the same root as the English “warm.” It’s also a variation of the German city name “Worms,” (pronounced “vorms”), named for the Worm river fed by warm springs....and of course having nothing to do with our word worm.
Actually, our word “vermin” comes from the German word for worms, which would be a maggot or caterpillar.
The German word Wurm means “worm”, however. I always liked the phrase, “The Diet of Worms”. Just not gastronomically.
Anyway, it’s a cute dog and a cute cub.
What it looks like.
I know that Luther defied the Catholic Church on some important matters, and they made him go on a Diet of Worms.
The English word “vermin” comes from the Latin word “vermis”, meaning animal pest or worm, through the French word “vermine”. The English word “worm” and the German word “Wurm” mean the same thing and they share a common proto-Germanic root. Latin vermis and English worm derive from a common Indo-European root.
Ahhhh, that’s cute. Until the kitty gets big and hungry.
And there is a wonderful weight loss program that originates in that city!
It is favored by Lutherans.
You may have heard of it...the Diet of Worms. :-)
My friend recently adopted a pair of “Havamalts” — cross bred Havanese/Maltese puppies. These balls of fluff are hardly any bigger than her slipper! They share a household with a giant GSD and a couple of VERY LARGE cats. The bigger animals are very patient with the pups and play with them endlessly, despite their little puppy nips.
“Ahhhh, thats cute. Until the kitty gets big and hungry.”
Have no fear. The dog’s a PIT BULL, meaning he’ll soon eat the lion.
Groaner at post #19.
Bookmark for when I get home so I can see the pictures.
(^^%$$^$%##$@## IT department!
Wow, looks just like my dog, uncanny! Big tongue and all!
Ich bin ein purr winner.
"NO SAI 'AWWW!' I R FEERZ LION!"
Thank you for the pings, guys!
The first night he went up to her and licked her and cuddled her. The next day he did the same thing. She thanked him by biting on to his ear and having him drag her around the hardwood floors.
She really taught him how to play and have fun, something his life had been lacking for the first 7 years.
The were the best of friends and he really was her protector in spite of all the torture she gave him.
She was absolutely beside herself when we had to put him down from liver cancer. We all still miss him.
That’s so sweet. lol
“Third pic is head explosion cuteness overload.”
I just said “awwwwwww” so many times hubby said “Alright, already - what’s so cute?!”
A reminder that animals will take care of each other. An important teaching lesson.
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