An abandoned calf who nearly froze to death has made a new best friend after a dramatic JCB rescue mission – a family's pet dog.
Penelope, who was found hypothermic after being born on a frozen lake during sub-zero February temperatures, has moved in with a family on the Carnfield Hall estate in Derbyshire.
Now, adorable photos show Penelope being bottle-fed by the family's black Labrador Algernon.
Heidi, who lives on the estate, told Derbyshire Live about how her vet partner Graham Oliver rescued Penelope with the help of his son Tom and a JCB digger.
She said: "We couldn’t get her out as mum was being super protective.
"The large animal rescue team had been dispatched from the local fire service, but whilst they were en-route, Graham and his son Tom worked to distract mum, and drag the calf from the water using the bucket on a JCB."
She described how Tom brought Penelope indoors to warm her up, but when she was returned to her mum, she was rejected.
Heidi said: "Mum not only rejected her, probably because we’d washed her scent off, but made a serious attempt in killing her."
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After spotting a serious problem with mother and baby, Heidi, Graham and Tom rescued the calf again and brought her home to be hand-reared.
It took a few days to get Penelope to accept milk, but soon she was drinking from the bottle.
"Our black lab, Algernon, couldn’t help but get involved and likes to help out with the bottle-feeding. He even lets Penelope have his bed and sleeps next to her to protect her," Heidi said.
She added: "Both our dogs and cats accepted her straight away and they all play together – although toilet training a calf is a bit of a problem."
"I’m not sure what the plan is for the future – her horns will grow and she won’t be able to fit through the front door- so we need to start planning!
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"We are thinking to integrate her with the llamas. Either way, she’s made friends with the children, the dogs, and with all of us."
Earlier today, footage emerged of a heartbroken dog trying to revive her dead puppy on the side of a road after it got hit by a car.
The poor dog, the mother to the dead pup, can be seen gently nudging her child as it lies lifeless on the pavement.
In an apparent attempt to try to revive it, the dog also appears to kiss the animal as it looks for help from people passing by.
The sad moment reportedly took place in the north-eastern Turkish city of Kars.
According to reports, the puppy tried to cross the road after its mother and was hit by a car.
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