Rosie the kitten, found and rescued on the brink of death, was nursed back to health by Lilo the Siberian husky, who took her on like a puppy of her own. The then-three-week-old feline and her surrogate mother bonded instantly, and after a week of tender and loving care, Rosie opened her eyes and began to walk on her own.

“She almost did not make it through the first night,” writes lilothehusky on Instagram, “even with round the clock care. She was lethargic and limp. So we decided to go out on a limb and let her cuddle extensively with Lilo. By some miracle, she started suckling on Lilo and Lilo went full ‘mom mode.'”

While animal surrogacy happens from time to time, lilothehusky warns against trying to force it: “Huskies are notorious for their intense prey drive!! So please please don’t run out and get a kitten (or a husky) expecting them to be best friends.”

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Rosie the kitten was found close to death

She was just 3 weeks old and in terrible shape

But then Rosie met Lilo the husky

Rosie “almost did not make it through the first night… Even with round the clock care”

“She was lethargic and limp. So we decided to go out on a limb and let her cuddle extensively with Lilo”

“By some miracle, she started suckling on Lilo and Lilo went full ‘mom mode'”

“Since then, Rosie’s been getting much better and her eyes opened!”

“Lilo has never had puppies of her own, and never will”

“But motherhood may just be her calling”

Rosie is now almost 3.5 months old and is doing well in her new family

She even goes for walks in the park with her mom!