Just recently, a lioness held in captivity in Stukenbrock, Germany, gave birth to a rare white lion cub. Because the cub got sick soon after it came into the world, caretakers had to separate it from the mother.
Unfortunately, later on, when they tried to reunite them, the lioness rejected its cub and, therefore, another solution needed to be found.
Interestingly enough, Lejon, a pointer mongrel, volunteered to step in and act like the cub's stepfather. Apparently, the two hit it off ever since they first met at the Safari Park in Stukenbrock.
Park employee Jeanette Wurms says that, “The dog is very patient. Jojo [the lion cub] scrambles all over him, jumps on his head, bites his fur. But he doesn't mind – he's a very patient surrogate.”
Hopefully, the two animals will still be friends once Jojo is all grown up, but, from where we stand, there are little chances for that to happen.
However, seeing how lions are an endangered species, it’s good that this small fellow found someone to look after it.