The orphaned baby animals at the Cincinnati Zoo have someone very special to take care of them.
His name is Blakely and he has four legs, a wet nose, and a tail. That's right. The Cincinnati Zoo's "Resident Nursery Companion" - an official title - is a dog.
For years, Blakely the dog has been playing the role of surrogate mama to zoo babies who have been abandoned by their mothers. Blakely's job is multifold. He's a nurturer, teacher, companion, and playmate to the babies in his care.
If there's anyone who understands the difference a little TLC can make in someone's life, it's Blakely. The five-year-old Australian Shepherd is a rescue himself. So, he's the perfect guy for the job.
Currently, Blakely is raising a litter of cheetah cubs whose mother died giving birth. However, his past charges have included wallabies, foxes, ocelots, and warthogs. After all, a baby in need, is a baby in need, and Blakely doesn't discriminate.
Watch this golden-hearted nanny pooch in action:
Blakely is a living example of the fact that animal rescue changes lives. He could have spent the remainder of his days in a shelter, but thanks to someone who gave him a chance, he's got a new lease on life and he's making an impact, one baby at a time.
You can read more about Blakely's work with the zoo's orphaned baby animals here.