We’ve seen a lot of unlikely friendships emerge over recent months.From the bald guinea pig who was adopted by a family of Sphynx cats to the wombat and the koala who became best buds in lockdown . But it seems there’s a new alliance that we cannot get enough of – a bunch of rescue chicks have become best friends with an adorable Labrador. The group of partridge chicks – who had become separated from their mother – were found by farm worker Jadene Moloy.
She quickly put them in a box to protect them from predators – but her five-year-old dog Ruby played her part, too.
The Labrador acted as babysitter for the little birds and the group soon struck up a lovely friendship.Owner Jadene said Ruby even went as far as to get inside the box with the chicks, so they could snuggle up to her for warmth. Jadene said: ‘I boxed them up and took them back to our tea hut where Ruby met and fell in love with them. She climbed into the cardboard box and the chicks nestled up into her fur. She was obsessed.’
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The animals formed such a bond that some heartwarming photos show the chicks posing comfortably on the canine’s head.
Ruby’s sweet nature made her perfect for chick-caring duties.
Jadene added: ‘Ruby is the biggest bundle of joy, she’s so full of energy and always wags her tail so much that her whole-body waggles too.
‘She always has the biggest grin on her face. She’s not just a dog, she’s my best friend. Wherever I go she’s right there beside me.’
But Ruby’s babysitting wasn’t required for very long, as Jadene managed to find the lost mother partridge who had become separated from her babies.
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