The story sounds strange but is much more beautiful than weird. This is Reina. Reina, whose name is Spanish for “Queen”, is a hero this week. On Thursday, authorities in Arica, Chile found Reina breastfeeding a missing 2-year-old child inside the mechanic’s workshop where she lived. Not only did Reina wet-nurse a child of a different species but she did it while pregnant! The Arica authorities believe Reina saved the boy’s life, who they found almost naked beside her. He was taken to hospital and treated for malnutrition and skin infections. He has been released and is currently in custody of child welfare.
This is such a beautiful example of a mother seeing a child in need of care and providing it. It doesn’t matter the species, we all have the same instincts.