By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Homeless Dog Nurses An Abandoned Kitten. The Photos Will Definitely Melt Your Heart.

There is a phenomenon that occurs with mammals, wherein a female can actually start nursing to care for a baby - even if the baby isn't hers. It's rare, but it does happen, and it's what occurred when this adorable dog found an ailing kitten, stranded in a ravine.

Rescuers think that the dog was out exploring when she happened upon the kitten, who had no way to escape the treacherous surroundings. The dog stayed with the kitten, nursing her, and barked until help arrived.Their story is pretty unbelievable - and this unlikely pair is also impossibly cute.

In a ravine in South Carolina, a tiny Shih Tzu was found protecting a kitten.

After someone called Animal Control, Officer Michelle Smith found them and brought them in.

After reviewing their conditions, she made the conclusion that the dog must have been caring for the kitten the entire time they were in the ravine.

Even at the shelter, the pair were inseparable.

The feisty surrogate pup was actually lactating, a result of a “pseudo pregnancy." Her milk helped keep the kitten alive.

The dog was named Goldie and the kitten was named Kate. The pair have found their forever home, and now they're all grown up. Still, they're just about the cutest duo in town.