This mommy might not look like her new babies, but that doesn't stop her from taking to them straight-away. Because of the way their brains work, dogs are innately moved to care for young of their own species, whether or not they are biologically related.
Therefore, researchers believe some of that hard-wiring may be responsible for interspecies adoptions like this one. Jill Goldman, a scientist who studies animal behavior, also believes that mutual benefit plays a role in these adorable adoptions. What that looks like, however, is up for debate.
While being able to secure more food or more protection is a stereotypical animal need, the desire for more companionship might also fulfill these criteria.