He's a newborn takin, a species that mostly resides in the cold, mountainous regions of China and the eastern Himalayas. After his birth in mid-July, his mother and father ignored him and left him to die. Since Dale's not the first orphaned newborn at The Cincinnati Zoo, zookeepers brought Dale to their resident fill-in parent: an Australian shepherd named Blakely.
Rather than herding livestock, this shepherd dog fosters orphaned animals at The Cincinnati Zoo. So far, Blakely has helped raise a cheetah, a skunk, a serval, a baby warthog and a fox.
At only 1 month old, Dale has already learned how to be playful, thanks to Blakely.
They've gone on walks together.