You may have heard of animal friendships that are one-of-a-kind. Have you ever heard of a tiger and a dog, a dog and a cat, a cat and a bird, or anything similar, but have you ever heard of an animal ADOPTING another, especially one of a different species? National Geographic just published a video of something similar taking on in nature. A bottlenose dolphin adopted a newborn whale years ago and is continuing caring for it in a first-of-its-kind occurrence known to humans! Because, duh, we are defined by the company we keep, the young whale has started adopting dolphin behavior.
Researchers in French Polynesia saw a bottlenose dolphin mother caring for an unusual-looking youngster, according to the footage. The mother’s calf was a melon-headed whale of a different genus and species.’
‘Adoption is unusual among wild animals, with the majority happening between related members of the same species,’ the film continues. The whale orphan joined the dolphin family and lived with the mother for longer than her biological children, who inexplicably departed. It was even discovered breastfeeding it on occasion. During times of conflict, female bottlenose dolphins have been known to’steal’ young from other species. In this situation, the mother made a significant financial investment in the orphan. The orphan learned numerous bottlenose dolphin skills, such as surfing, throughout its three years with this pod of 30 dolphins.’
In other words, a dolphin has adopted a whale and is slowly transforming it into a dolphin. The conduct appears to be unsuitable for a mammal that has previously given birth to a child. Perhaps it wished to raise a separate species? Dolphins are clever creatures that are also quite nice to humans.
Here is full video: