A Great Dane has become a blood donor and saved a tiny kitten's eyes, the UK's Mirror reports.
The eight-week-old black and white Zephyr was found abandoned and almost blind, but vets were able to use a revolutionary new treatment that required blood from a dog.
Vets treated Zephyr with serum drops made from elements of Harlie’s blood after it was separated using a centrifuge.
The liquid part of the blood is made into drops which help the surface of the eye to heal and stop the tissue breaking down.
Steph Taylor, from charity Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary in Liverpool, said Zephyr and his siblings were found "full of flu which had led to secondary pneumonia, horrific conjunctivitis with ulcerated eyes, ticks, severe flea infestation leading to anemia and dehydration."
"There are several types of conventional medicated drops and we used these first." But Zephyr was not responding to the treatment, so the rescue's vet suggested trying the unconventional technique.
Only one problem: blood from a healthy big animal was needed for the procedure to work.
Enter Harlie the Great Dane.
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