Maternal instincts often cross from species to species. We notice it when our pets literally feel like our kids. Animals often share this same feeling, experiencing that deep, bonding love for other animals they bare no relation to.
Enter Loryn, a golden retriever who is convinced she’s the mother of a few rescued baby goats who recently came to her owner’s farm.
Loryn has grown up on her family’s farm and is constantly helping her mom care for all of the animals. She’s sort of like a surrogate mom to all the farm animals and loves everyone she meets.
When Andrea brought home the goat kids, Loryn’s maternal instincts immediately took over and she made it her mission in life to keep them safe and sound.
“She’s around all the farm animals all the time, so she’s seen it all”, “She is truly a mother hen and takes in every baby we have here as her own.”, Andrea Holley, Loryn’s mom, told The Dodo.
Loryn and the goats quickly became inseparable, doing everything together and it was clear the little kids were starting to seeing her as their new mommy.
“Goats are the most loving, easygoing creatures,” “They loved Loryn right away. They are together all day, every day.”, Holley told The Dodo.
Lory took on her role as their ‘mother’ very seriously, constantly keeping an eye on her kids and making sure that they were healthy and happy. She would cuddle them, keep an eye on them as they explored the farm and watch over them as they played together.
“Goats are the most loving, easygoing creatures,” Holley told The Dodo. “They loved Loryn right away. They are together all day, every day.” Their favorite pastimes are cuddling, napping, and chasing each other around – but, even when playing, Loryn never, ever stops caring about their safety.
While they might not be related by blood, Loryn’s love for them is like no other — she very much gave them the same kind of attention and love as though they were her own puppies.
“Loryn is my right-hand man and always helps corral the babies when we’re outside or round them up while playing inside,” Holley said. “She most definitely thinks they are her babies.”
Now that all the goats have grown up and don’t need the same amount of care anymore, Loryn’s been stepping in as a foster mom for many of the other little animals who’ve arrived at the farm. Whether they happen to be goats, puppies, or kittens, Loryn is a natural mother to them all.
You can follow Loryn’s journey on Instagram, watching her wonderful life on the farm together with her sister Nola and so many other beautiful little animals of all shapes and sizes. Any animal would be lucky to get a mother as loving and devoted as Loryn.