From the Corriere della Sera of Milan:
Leopard ‘Salati’ snuggles up beside golden retriever ‘Tommy’ in the back of a 4×4 at the Glen Afric Country Lodge on May 04, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. Salati the leopard turns the assumption that dogs love to chase cats on its head by running playfully after Tommy the golden retriever. Animal wrangler Richard Brooker, 23, hand-reared 10-month-old Salati and gives her and family pet dog Tommy their daily exercise together. He takes them out into his family’s 750 hectare estate and lets them run amok, saying “Wherever you see one the other is right behind”. Rescued as an orphaned cub, Salati was donated by a local vet to the family-run country retreat, which helps to rehabilitate injured and needy animals. The Brookers’ hard work and breeding programmes with elephants, lions, and giraffes has helped boost wildlife numbers in the area. (Photo by Matthew Tabaccos/Barcroft Media/Getty Images).
This reminds me of another dog that was used to raise big cats in a preserve in India. Billy Arjan Singh had a pariah dog named Eelie who acted as the foster mother and playmate for several leopards and a tiger cub named Tara.
Tara’s release was a bit controversial, because she was not a “pure” Bengal tiger.
But everyone loves to see photos of dogs with big cats, like this golden who raised some white tiger cubs:
And I’m sure you know of other wonderful examples.
Hat tip to Gary Radice for sending this one along.