Bulldog surrogate mother

Usually, this pair would be at each other’s throats.

But orphaned kitten Tigger has found an unlikely surrogate mother in grumpy bulldog Harley.

The two-year-old dog is keeping a close eye on her tiny ginger charge – so much so she has even started producing milk to feed him.

Sleeping tight: Bulldog Harley and Tigger the kitten (pictured) have become inseparable. Harley even makes space for Tigger when taking an afternoon nap

An unlikely bond: The British Bulldog pictured washing his best friend Tigger. The two are virtually inseparable

Their unlikely bond developed when Tigger, who is just two weeks old, was found alone and abandoned in a church.

He was handed into Arvonia Vets in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where trainee nurse Clare Evans fell for him on the spot.

Evans took him home and was amazed when her pet dog Harley, who is unable to have pups herself because of a tumour on her spine, adopted the role of surrogate mum.

Evans, 37, who has three sons, said: ‘From the moment I took Tigger back to mine Harley completely tried to take over the care of him.