A heartwarming tale unfolds as two massive St. Bernard dogs step into the roles of unlikely parents for an endearing orphaned goat.
The extraordinary trio’s story began when Hans, the young goat, found himself on a Belgian farm following the tragic loss of his mother. Faced with the challenge of raising the newborn goat, the owners recognized their inability to provide bottle-raising care.
In a twist of fate, Hans found solace and connection with the farm’s imposing pair of canines, Julie and Basiel
Best of friends: Hans has been adopted by giant St Bernards Julie (left) and Basiel (right) after he arrived on a farm in Belgium
Three’s not a crowd: The adorable baby goat ‘learns a lot’ from the two giant dogs, according to his new owner, Isolde Mattart
The St Bernards have shown Hans the ropes and formed an unlikely bond with the endearing goat.
Hans’ new owner Isolde Mattart said: ‘He learns a lot from the dogs.
‘He loves sunbathing with the dogs, he loves going for walks with me and the dogs, but he likes napping with the dogs the most.’
Playful: Hans, pictured with adopted parent Julie, has formed an unlikely bond with the two giant dogs, who would normally terrify smaller animals
The cute young goat has been adopted by the two St Bernards, and often snuggles up to them at nap time
Hans the orphaned goat hanging out with ‘parent’ Julie, who has shown the tiny animal the ropes on the Belgian farm
Pictures demonstrating the remarkable inter-species connection show Hans standing on Julie and cuddling up together for nap-time.
Julie, aged six, and Basiel, three, have a history at being with peace with farmyard animals.
While most small creatures might be terrified of the sight of one of the world’s largest breeds of dog, Hans and co clearly don’t mind.
Happy goat: Hans with Julie, who he met after his mother died. Julie and Basiel have taken on parental duties for the tiny animal
Friendly: Julie and Basiel may be giant St Bernards, but they’ve made plenty of friends with smaller animals
Julie is happy to let a baby calf called Alfie rest his head on her while she sleeps
Two tiny chicks sit on Julie’s head in a picture posted on Instagram by owner Isolde Mattart
Pictures from Isolde’s Instagram account show baby chicks sitting on the giant head of Julie.
The St Bernards have been snapped having a cuddle with one of the farm’s cows and taking a quick snooze with the grown-up chickens.
Isolde says: ‘Julie is an incredibly tolerant dog so we’re really lucky that she’s so big hearted.
‘Basiel is younger and when he arrived here Julie was so welcoming towards him, it made him tolerant as well.
‘I think he copied her behaviour towards himself and the others.’
Gentle giant: A tiny chick resting on one of the paw of one of the dogs. The St Bernards have shown they enjoy parenting smaller animals
A chicken sleeps next to the two St Bernards, who would usually be terrifying to tiny animals
All manner of farmyard animals are comfortable with Julie and Basiel, the giant St Bernard dogs