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An American collie dog named Ziva lives in Oberscheld, Germany. Her parents, Angelika and Werner Schmaing, give emergency care to orphaned mammals and birds through Schelder Forest Wild Animal Rescue. Angelika and Werner love taking care of animals, and Ziva helps them by becoming a surrogate mom to abandoned animals.

Abandoned babies include wild boar, deer, and foxes. Apparently, when Ziva was not even a year old, she took care of a little fox named DiNozzo. DiNozzo’s mother had been hit by a vehicle, and he became an orphan. The poor little fox was found beside her mother’s body, looking hopeless and lost. Fortunately, the Schmaings and Ziva took him in.

Right from the start, DiNozzo was quite a handful. He would climb over Ziva, gnawed on Ziva’s ears, and pulled her hair. Not surprisingly, Ziva was very patient with DiNozzo. It was like she saw the little fox as her own pup. Ziva also received some help from Leopold, the family’s cat.

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Leopold likes wrestling and romping with DiNozzo. As DiNozzo grew, he learned by himself how to use the cat door so that he can go with Leopold and Ziva. Now, DiNozzo has already grown up and does not need much help from Ziva. Fortunately, Ziva and DiNozzo are still great friends.

Because his mother died when he was still so young, DiNozzo doesn’t have the skills to return to and survive in the wild. Good thing, Schelder Forest Wild Animal Rescue has vast land where he can play and run on. Moreover, he has many friends to play with and the Schmaings to love and look after him.

DiNozzo is not the only animal that Ziva helped rescue. She has been able to help many other animals as well. Hopefully, Schelder Forest Wild Animal Rescue will be able to help more animals in the future.

Credits to Wildtierhilfe Schelderwald

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