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Even in settings where {{talking|Animal}}, {{civilized|Animal}}, or {{funny|Animal}} animals exist, adoptions will still happen between parents and children. Some parents are caring enough to take in a child, regardless of their species. They may be [[RaisedByWolves animals raising a human child]], [[RaisedByHumans humans raising an animal child]], animals raising animals of a different species, or any combination of the three. It doesn't matter, [[HappilyAdopted as adoption is still adoption]], and [[GoodParents parents will always be parents]]. The subject of the adoption may or may not even be an issue among society.

This is a supertrope of RaisedByWolves and RaisedByHumans, as well as cases that aren't covered by either trope. It may also overlap with MosesInTheBulrushes and (especially in comic settings) ObliviousAdoption. Contrast RandomSpeciesOffspring when the child isn't just adopted - it's ''biological''.

As seen in the trope image there are numerous cases of this [[TruthInTelevision happening in real life]] among different animal species, even among animals that would normally eat one another. There are also many accounts, though few if any verified, of children while lost in the wilderness being protected or even raised by animals. Also given that humans are technically animals as well, raising pets also counts.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Son Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'' is an extraterrestrial Saiyan adopted by the human Son Gohan. It was also ObliviousAdoption until Goku's evil Saiyan brother Raditz showed up.
* Episode 28 of ''Anime/JewelpetKiraDeco'' is about Rald, a panda, having adopted Luna, a rabbit. [[note]]Their story is a reenactment of the Japanese fairy tale ''The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'', where a bamboo cutter and his wife adopt a girl born from a bamboo stalk.[[/note]]
* In ''Anime/TransformersVictory'', Star Saber, the new leader of the Autobots, adopts a human boy named Jean, who lost his parents to a Decepticon attack.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has quite a bit of this with the sheer number of adoptions, although it can be hard to tell due to most of the cast being {{Human Alien}}s:
** Vivio (Belka) was adopted by Nanoha (Earth) and Fate (Mid-Childa).
** Fate was adopted by Lindy (Firstraum in the Movie continuity).
** Erio (Unnamed homeworld) and Caro (Alzus) were both adopted by Fate (though Lindy's name is on the paperwork due to [[AdoptivePeerParent Fate's age]]).
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** In the ''Sun and Moon'' anime, Litten has a parental figure in a very old Stoutland. [[spoiler:The Stoutland later passes away, leading to Litten to choose Ash as its trainer.]]
** Ash's Rowlet was hatched and raised in a flock of Pikipek, Trumbeak and Toucannon.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Legacy'' series, all three of Nat Skywalker's children count. First of all, [[InterspeciesRomance his wife is a]] [[HumanoidAliens Kiffar]], and Nat adopted her daughter Ahnah; secondly, said wife adopted Skeeto, a human child, along with Nat; and finally, the pair adopted Micah, a [[CatPeople Cathar]].
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} is a demon who was adopted by a human parent named Dr. Bruttenholm and raised under the watch of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. He was raised to appreciate humanity, even if he constantly has to deal with the fact that he's frighteningly different from them anyway.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman is probably the most famous example of this trope. He's an alien sent to Earth as a baby, and he grew up on a farm by the Kent family.
** And later, ComicBook/LoisLane would fulfill this trope when she and Clark become the foster parents of Chris, another Kryptonian child.
* Many {{Superman Substitute}}s:
** Comicbook/{{Icon}}, with the twist that he looks like a black man, crashed in the antebellum period and was raised as a slave.
** Hyperion in ''Comicbook/SupremePower'' was found by a nice farm couple...and then taken in by the U.S. government, who raised him to be blindly obedient. It went badly.
** In ''Comicbook/{{Irredeemable}},'' the Plutonian was sent by aliens trying to study humans, and transformed to look like a human child. Unfortunately, he wound up bouncing around foster car for years and scared everybody with his powers.
** ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' has a very standard "raised by a farmer" story for Atlas, though there is a twist [[HiddenBackupPrince as to why]].
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': four adorable baby turtles fall into a sewer and are adopted by an ordinary rat (other than the whole "[[TaughtByTelevision knows ninjutsu]]" thing). Only later do the five mutate and become intelligent.
* ComicBook/RedTornado, an android, has an adopted human daughter named Traya.
* In the old print furry comic ''ComicBook/HavocInc'' Chester (ringtail cat) and Deck (canid) adopted a mouse girl.
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'': Asgardians Volstagg and his wife Hildegund adopt two Midgardian (Human) sons after their [[MissingMom mother]] is killed by Zaniac (their DisappearedDad either already died or left the family).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Navarone (a human) ends up adopting Taya (a unicorn) as his daughter.
* This is recurrent in the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, with Reimu, Renko, and Maribel (formerly human) being adopted by Yukari (a [[RealityWarper reality warping]] yokai) and Chen (Nekomata) and Marisa (formerly human) being adopted by Ran and, later on, Ren ({{Kitsune}}). In that vein, we have Ran being adopted by Yukari.
** This is actually used to an advantage in ''Foundling''. Chen, disgruntled by Reimu at the festival, is given something of a dressing down by Yukari, reminding her that she is adopted and that, no matter what species, someone loved her, regardless if anyone wanted her. Said dressing down made her shut up.
* ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'': Rexy the Tyrannosaurus Rex has adopted Elise (an Indominus Rex) and Tim (a human, and the same one she terrorized during the events of the first film) as her children.
* ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': During the raid on Cirrus and Hilltop, one of Vulcan's Diamond Dog {{mooks}} decides to adopt an Earth pony foal as her own. Vulcan isn't happy about this, but caves when both dog and foal give him PuppyDogEyes, caving to their combined [[CutenessProximity cuteness]].
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': A key point of the story is Vaati (a [[HalfHumanHybrid Hylian/Minish/Demon thing]]) adopting Scootaloo (a pony). [[HappilyAdopted Both are incredibly happy with this setup.]]
* The [[FandomSpecificPlot many]], ''many'' fics about [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]] adopting a non-pony child, usually a baby Changeling or orphaned human.
* Many other ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics, including ''FanFic/TheNuptialverse'', have Twilight (a unicorn) adopting Spike (a dragon), whom she had hatched when she was younger.
* ''FanFic/SevenDaysInSunnyJune'': Discussed in ''7SDJ: A Mother's Duty'' by Celestia and Twilight Velvet, and explicitly identified as being against the law in Equestria, barring "mitigating and emergent circumstances", which "shall only be considered on a need by need basis". Celestia herself admits that she didn't write the law and should have checked more closely before it was made official; the only reason she hasn't changed it since is because it would be seen as a "gross abuse of the law" and a conflict of interest, since it would have cleared the way for her to adopt Sunset Shimmer, or Twilight Velvet and Night Light (as the parents of her personal student) to adopt Spike.
* In ''First Meetings Universe'' -- a Franchise/MassEffect-[=MLP:FiM=] crossover -- ''Mass Effect: Shepard and the Rainbows'' starts with a pegasus soldier saving a human girl from pirates and then adopting her. Thus Riley Shepard, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo end up being sisters.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' fanfic, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9745034/1/Suddenly Suddenly]]'', [[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered]] [[MirrorUniverse Glass]] versions of Arachnid and Breakdown adopt a preschool June when she becomes the SoleSurvivor of an Autobot attack in Jasper, Nevada.
* Actually subverted in ''FanFic/AHollowInEquestria'' where Princess Luna proposes invoking this trope for [[spoiler: Ulquiorra Cifer's]] benefit. It's eventually revealed that he turns down the offer, explaining that it would create more problems than it would be worth.
* Happens at least twice in ''FanFic/TheBridge'' and its expanded universe.
** The first was Azusa Aoki adopting and raising [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Junior]].
** In the expanded "Amalgam-Verse", Tori Wylder, a Glaistig, winds up adopting a [[TheFairFolk Puca]] named [[TheTrickster Haley]] [[PettingZooPeople Comet]], a [[{{Youkai}} Jorogumo]] named [[CuteMonsterGirl Kumiko]] [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Murakumo]], and her lone [[TokenHuman human]] son, [[GadgeteerGenius Theodore]] [[TheCasanova Wylder]].
** The albino hyper gyaos, later named Irys, adopts the "Dark Hunters" group she joins [[note]]Monster X, Gigan, and Megalon[[/note]] as her new family after the loss of her flock and they don't object.
** Subverted as Starswirl the Bearded and the founders effectively adopted Celestia and Luna one thousand years ago, as while they are equines, they're alicorns [[spoiler: and artifical creations of Harmony.]]
* In the ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' fanfic [[https://m.fanfiction.net/s/12149800/1/Judy-s-New-Life Judy's New Life]] foxes and bunnies can't interbreed so Nick and Judy adopt a pair of skunk kits.
* In the fan video ''Bite-Sized VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} 2'', the short clip at 0:44 shows a flock of sheep grazing. Among them is a Creeper, which bleats.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Po is a giant panda raised by a goose; this [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom goes unmentioned]] in the first movie, but becomes a major plot point in the sequel. [[spoiler: His biological family was seemingly massacred by Lord Shen during his attempt at wiping out the Pandas, but Po's father is still alive and living in a hidden panda enclave]]
** Master Shifu, a red panda, also adopted Tai Lung the snow leopard and Tigress [[CaptainObvious the tigress]]. The rest of the Furious Five might qualify as well.
* Aladar from ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' is an Iguanodon raised by lemurs.
* Most of ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' revolves around a hen and her HappilyAdopted son (a duck).
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has Kristoff (a human) and Sven (a reindeer) adopted by the trolls (who are essentially living rocks with magical abilities).
* Eggs from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'' is a Cheesebridge orphan raised since infancy by the eponymous Boxtrolls, to the point that for a long time he thinks he is one.
* In ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'', a Maiasaura raises a Tyrannosaurus from birth, who in turn, after running away from home, adopts a baby Ankylosaurus after being mistaken for its father.
* Ellie from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'' is a mammoth who was adopted by a possum. She even [[ObliviousAdoption thinks that she's a possum]] until Manny can convince her that she's a mammoth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}},'' both the title character and his nemesis, Metro Man, came here a la Comicbook/{{Superman}}. Metro Man was adopted by a rich family; Megamind...crashed into a prison and was raised by the inmates. [[FridgeLogic Why did]] [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist nobody call Social Services]]?

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Terran Peter Quill was adopted by Centaurian Yondu Udonta. It's revealed that [[spoiler: Yondu was actually hired to take Peter to his dad, but decided Peter would be better off with the Ravagers than Peter's {{Jerkass}} real father.]]
* The ''Film/StuartLittle'' movie did this to remove the FridgeLogic from the original book (where the titular mouse character just had human parents for no apparent reason). This verges on AscendedFanon, as E.B. White received letters from adoptive children for years talking about how Stuart was a wonderful allegory for the way they felt... despite White having no such intentions, and Stuart explicitly being Mr. and Mrs. Little's biological son in the book.
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Film/TheUglyDachshund''. A Great Dane thinks he's a dachshund because he was raised by a dachshund mother.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', a character turns out to be an Ice Giant adopted by [[spoiler: Odin]] and raised as his own under a glamour. This is actually based on the original myth, in which he was found in a giant stronghold as an infant and brought home by [[spoiler: Odin]] to foster.
* ''Film/{{Elf}}'': Buddy is a human adopted by SantaClaus, and raised among elves.
* In ''Film/{{Babe}}'', Babe the pig is adopted by Fly who is a dog.

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', Carrot is a human adopted by dwarves. He is completely oblivious to this, even when his adoptive father tries to explain that there's a reason he was always too tall to fit in dwarf passages correctly. Notable in that even after it's been explained to him and he's accepted that he is biologically a human, Carrot still considers himself a dwarf, albeit a very tall one. Though, in Discworld being 'a dwarf' is as much a matter of cultural identity than it is a fact of one's species.
* "Literature/TheUglyDuckling" is a classic example of this trope. A swan raised by a duck.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape: Betrayal at Falador'', Kara was adopted and raised by dwarfs.
* The children's book ''Tyranosaurus Drip'' by Julia Donaldson is about a duckbill dinosaur "adopted" by tyrannosaurs. (Mother Tyranosaur can't count, and doesn't realise there's one more egg than there should be.)
* ''The Sheep-Pig'' by Creator/DickKingSmith, the book ''Film/{{Babe}}'' was based on, has Babe raised by Fly the sheepdog.
* In ''Literature/TeamHuman'', Kit is a teenager raised by a family of vampires; he's spent very little time around non-vampire humans.
* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends''
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has Hoole, a Shi'ido ShapeShifter, adopt the human kids Tash and Zak. He's actually their uncle, since his brother married one of their aunts, and Shi'ido culture encourages him to take them in despite barely knowing them.
** The ''X-wing'' series gives us Viull "Skut" Gorsat, a Yuuzhan Vong abandoned by his biological parents and adopted by a human family. His human dad is the reason he joins Wraith Squadron, because as a child he was told stories of how they rescued his father.
** There is also Tahiri Veila, who was adopted by the Sand People.
** Han Solo himself also falls into this category. He had been orphaned at a very young age, and while working for a rather nasty thief, he gets taken in and cared for by a kindly, elderly female Wookie. Han even comments in a later novel that due to the love she gave him, and the fact that Chewie and other Wookies have saved his skin on ''countless'' occasions, he feels he owes the Wookie's a life debt, not the other way around.
* This comes up in ''The Demon's Lexicon'' when [[spoiler:Nick is revealed to be a demon, raised mostly by his brother Alan.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Spectrum}}'' by Creator/SergeyLukyanenko the human hero[[note]]a private investigator searching for a runaway girl, who ended up on the path to discover secrets of long-lost alien civilizations[[/note]] ends up adopting a teenage alien bird-girl as a "reward" for saving her life. His LoveInterest cracks jokes about an "interplanetary paedophile", but demonstrates that she can be a capable mother, despite being in her late teens herself. [[spoiler:The adopted girl turns out to be the ChosenOne prophecised to wake her planet from its millennia-long DieselPunk stasis where [[ObstructiveBureaucrat rigid laws]] allow the population [[PlanetOfHats not to think]]. She ends up becoming the queen equivalent and legally adult and staying home.]]
* In the 1920s ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' books, Tigger (a Tiger [[LivingToys toy]]) lives with Kanga and Roo (Kangaroo toys) and is considered part of the family.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novella ''Hollyleaf's Story'', Hollyleaf attempts this for a day or so with a fox cub lost in the tunnel, finding it and caring for it before later bringing it back outside. She encounters it a year later and happily greets it, only to find that it does not remember her and it attacks her.
* In ''Literature/BrimstoneAngels'', heroine Farideh and her twin sister Havilar are tieflings[[note]]humanoids with distant fiendish ancestry, notable by their horns, tails, and MonochromaticEyes[[/note]] who were adopted and raised by a [[LizardFolk dragonborn]] named Mehen.
* ''Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg'' twists this trope due to the story's {{Anvilicious}} theme of nurture overcoming nature. Since Horton took responsibility for the egg that Mayzie abandoned, [[MixAndMatchCritters the chick finally hatches as an elephant-bird hybrid]], and identifies Horton as its parent, rejecting Mayzie.
* ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'': Less so in the original novel, but in the movie and the musical adaptations, we have the human child James, an orphan, who is adopted by his humanized insect companions. They turn out to be very loving, adoring parent-figures to James, unlike his abusive guardian aunts who he was living with after his mother and father died.
* One ''Series/DoctorWho'' short story said that the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, and her husband, David, adopted three orphaned human children, whom they named [[MeaningfulName Ian, Barbara]] and David Junior. (David Senior may be human, but he sure as hell didn't marry one.)
* ''Literature/{{Bravelands}}'': After his father is killed by a rogue lion, Fearless the lion cub ends up being adopted by a troop of baboons. He bonds with several baboons like Mud and fellow protagonist Thorn, but he also faces prejudice from other baboons for being a larger predator.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration,'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf]] was adopted by the Rozhenkos, a human couple from Russia. In turn, Worf's son Alexander Rozhenko was also raised by Worf's adoptive parents after the mother died.
** The episode "Suddenly Human" has a human boy whose birth parents were killed in a skirmish with the Talarians, who adopted the boy. While Picard initially believed he would be better back with the Federation, he eventually realizes that the boy wants to stay with his adoptive father.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has "Cardassians," which is very similar to the above except that it's about a Cardassian child raised by Bajorans. In this case, however, his still-living Cardassian father got custody, since the boy had actually been illegally given up by an enemy with a grudge.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has an odd example with a species that can resurrect the dead, and did so to a ''Voyager'' crew member who got a burial in space. She had lived for years with a "father" from that species, but eventually her memories of being on the ship came back and she tracked them down. However, she ultimately decided to return with the aliens.
** Later in the series, the crew found a Borg ship with all the drones dead except for a few children, for whom Seven became a ParentalSubstitute; while all of them were former Borg drones, none of the kids were human. Three of the kids eventually left when ''Voyager'' for another ship they ran into; the oldest, Icheb, decided to stay on ''Voyager'' after learning that his birth parents [[spoiler:genetically engineered him as a weapon against the Borg and purposely got him assimilated]].


[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Mallow [[note]]essentially a cloud with pants[[/note]] from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', originally from Nimbus Land, was adopted by Frogfucius in Frog Pond, and grew up largely believing he was a frog "who can't jump."
** Introduced in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', [[TheHighQueen Rosalina]] is the adoptive mother of the Lumas, [[StarfishAliens the star babies]]. Despite the massive difference between them, [[HappilyAdopted they live very happily under the care of their "Mama."]]
* [[spoiler:Adell]] in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' is a demon adopted by humans as a result of his biological parents leaving to fight fake Zenon. They fail.
* Penn in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' is adopted by the Nereids. This is part of a breeding plan when he turns 18.
* ''VideoGame/FZero''[='s=] Leon, [[{{Retcon}} depending on the game]] (although both examples still fit). In ''X'', he's adopted by Mrs. Arrow and her husband Super Arrow, a [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting]] {{superhero}} [[BattleCouple couple]]. According to ''GX'', however, he was instead adopted by Fable, a soldier belonging to the race that attacked Leon's homeworld twelve years ago (which led to the poor kid [[ParentalAbandonment losing his parents]] and [[EyeScream his left eye]], [[WarIsHell as well as Zou becoming an economical dump]]) who [[HeelFaceTurn rebelled]] [[DefectorFromDecadence when he became disgusted by their tactics]]. Leon's a bipedal cat-like alien, the Arrows are human, and Fable is another species of extraterrestrial being.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Rydia, a human Summoner, is brought to the Feymarch early into the story of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' to be trained by the Eidolons, and comes to see the king and queen, Leviathan and Asura, [[HappilyAdopted as her new parents]]. At the end of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears the sequel]], [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsLife the last remaining Maenad]] is then adopted by Rydia and christened Cuore.]] This is a bit of an ambiguous example as [[spoiler:the Maenads are a race of {{Artificial Human}}s made in Rydia's image by [[TheManBehindTheMan The Creator]].]]
** After the TimeSkip in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', [[spoiler:the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human, half-Esper]] Terra is shown [[PromotionToParent to have adopted some children from Mobliz]] whose parents were killed by [[BigBad Kefka's]] [[LightIsNotGood Light of Judgment]].]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', a female Commander Shepard can discuss this idea with Garrus if his [[LoveInterests romance sidequest]] was completed.
** The Codex indicates that the asari once attempted to "civilize" the vorcha, a race known for their savagery and unpredictability, by adopting vorcha orphans and raising them in asari society. The adopted Vorcha [[HappilyAdopted lived peaceful and happy lives]], showing that their species' predisposition for violence was cultural rather than innate, but the fact that [[WeAreAsMayflies Vorcha only live for 20 years while Asari live for over 1000]] meant that few asari were willing to painstakingly raise many generations just to watch them die.
* After her parents were killed by SpacePirates, Samus Aran from ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games was adopted by the [[PerfectPacifistPeople Chozo]], an ancient race of bird-like creatures that raised her and trained her to be [[BountyHunter what she is]]. She then picks up the parental side of the trope with the infant metroid in ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus,'' which forms a major plot arc for the series.
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 2'', [[TheReveal a big deal is made out of]] [[spoiler:Lucia being [[ArtificialHuman a flawed demonic construct]] of [[BigBad Arius]] instead of Matier's biological daughter. After going through a HeroicBSOD and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman struggling with the ramifications of her true nature for a bit]], Matier comforts Lucia and outright tells her, "You are my daughter." This gives Lucia the strength to carry on and break out of her CloningBlues complex.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', Camieux is the adopted daughter of a gunsmith family. Her sisters are Silva and Cucouroux, whom are humans, while she is a draph, a human-like race with elf ears and sports a pair of horns.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''. The protagonist's race can change, but the foster father is always the same.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** There are children up for adoption as of the Hearthfire DLC. The children are all human, while the PC that adopts them can be many other species.
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer]] Brand-Shei was raised by an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] family.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia:'' The main character Lloyd is a human who was adopted by a dwarf. [[spoiler:Lloyd turns out to be half angel.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Illbleed}}'':
** In the "Revenge of Queen Worm" section of the game, it turns out that 'Rachel' is [[spoiler: a giant mutant worm that David (human) raised as his daughter. She even calls him "Papa" after you defeat her. It's all very strange.]]
** We're never told if [[spoiler:Eriko]] and [[spoiler:her dad]] are related by blood, but given that there's no indication of said character being anything other than human, and that their parent definitely ''isn't''...
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' has [[spoiler:[[PettingZooPeople Ursula]]]], who was raised by a human General.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', the motherly goat-monster Toriel hopes to adopt you after you fall into the Underground. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that she and her then-husband Asgore adopted another human child who fell in a long time ago; the death of both the human child and their biological son Asriel was what kicked off the plot and led to their separation. If the player goes the route of the True Pacifist, in the ending you'll be able to tell Toriel that you want to stay with her, and she'll adopt you for real.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}: Felix (a cat) was adopted by the Captain (a dog).
* Lindesfarne in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', a hedgehog adopted by a rabbit.
* The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. It's societal norm for them to be raised by another species. However, these guardians may or may not be totally sentient, and not all of them are good parents, so it also delves a bit into RaisedByWolves.
* ''Webcomic/{{Selkie}}'' is about an amphibious young girl, and the man who adopts her.
* Buwaro, Sakido and Iratu, all demons, are adopted by the angel Darius in ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned''.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' -- Molly the Peanut Butter Monster was raised by Bob. She's currently staying with Jean, who considers herself Molly's mother because they share a little bit of genetic material.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sheldon}}'', Flaco the lizard became the adopted son of Arthur, a duck, after a mistaken egg-hatching.
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Ozy (a fox) is the adopted son of Llewellyn (a dragon).
* ''Webcomic/FurthiaHigh'' has Cale, the last known human on earth adopted by an anthropomorphic cat and a tigress.
* In ''Webcomic/UrbanJungle'' sole human character Zack was quite literally RaisedByWolves, and his brother Chuck is a sheep.
* Tessa (fox) of ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' was adopted by a family of rats. Which might be one of the reasons she always felt like an outcast.
* King Zahard from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' adopts his daughters purely based on looks and ability, so there are some of his daughters who [[LizardFolk aren't]] [[HornedHumanoid Human]].
* ''Webcomic/NeoKosmos'' is about human kids raised from infancy by aliens in solitary confinement in a space station AfterTheEnd.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Quite a few characters from ''Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews''. Thus includes (but is not limited to) a Turian who was adopted by a human couple (Gahars Patnus), a human who was adopted by an Asari couple (Some_Random_Merc/Johnny), a Drell who has recently adopted a human infant (Rohim), a human whose legal guardian and father-figure is a Turian (Wildflower/Flower and Davril, respectively), and a human who was raised by a Quarian (Human Quarian/Kolya).
* From FatFrenchAndFabulous, co-host Jessica, possibly. Whether she was RaisedByWolves or by humans à la superman is ambiguous.
* In ''WebOriginal/YandereHighSchool'', Taurtis adopts [=PufferFishPete=]'s children because Pete thinks his children are weak.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Heffer was raised by wolves. The Wolfe family to be specific. They ''were'' just going to eat him, and started fattening him up, but grew to love him and raised him as their own. The "birthmark" on his rump is where the wolves were going to divide him up.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick adopted a baby scallop in one episode. It left other citizens quite confused when they thought about the biology involved.
** Mr Krabs is a crab however his daughter Pearl is a whale. It's never specified if she is adopted or not though, and at least one line implies otherwise.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'': Buddy the T-Rex is adopted by a pteranodon family.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' continually brought up one particular issue over the course of the series: Where did [=CatDog=] actually come from? For as long as they can remember, they'd always lived on their own. The series ended with [=CatDog=] going on a long journey to find their parents. It was never revealed ''how'' [=CatDog=] came to be, but for a brief time after they were born, they had been raised by a frog for a father and a sasquatch for a mother. They were all separated in a storm.
* Darwin from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' used to just be the Watterson family's pet fish, but he developed intelligence, grew legs, became Gumball's best friend, and the family adopted him as one of their own. The parallel to real life interracial adoption is made especially obvious by how [[TheOtherDarrin all four]] of Darwin's voice actors are black, but the ones for the rest of the family are white.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle (a unicorn) had to induce a dragon egg to hatch as part of her entrance exam in magic school. She ends up being a CoolBigSis[=/=]ParentalSubstitute to the dragon, who serves as her underling and assistant. WordOfGod says that it was actually Princess Celestia who raised Spike after he hatched, while Twilight continued her studies. Still fits the trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' probably topped this concept beyond most other examples by having a human girl being adopted by two robots.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime,'' [[KidHero Finn]] is possibly the [[LastOfHisKind last]] real [[TokenHuman human]] in Ooo. He was found in a forest by a pair of talking dogs, who raised him until their deaths (when Finn's adopted brother, [[NonHumanSidekick Jake]], was apparently PromotedToParent).
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has [[SuperPowerLottery M'gann]], a Martian, become [[BloodBrothers Blood Sister]] to [[{{Animorphism}} Garfield]], only to get PromotedToParent when his mother is [[PsychicAssistedSuicide killed by]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bee]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'': One episode featured a dog adopted by a couple of cats.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' Peabody adopts Sherman from an OrphanageOfFear.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'':
** In an episode, Todd and his friends try to help a lost platypus named Pedro find his mother. They all think that Pedro's mother is a platypus like him, but at the end, they find out that she's actually a kangaroo. We also learn that Pedro has a pig for a little brother. In the same episode, Todd sees a frog in a family of ducks.
** There's also a cat named Mitzi that adopts a group of puppies.
** "Platyroo" is about a young platypus who was adopted by a kangaroo. When Todd and his friends find him, they have trouble parsing his odd description of his mother, but Todd manages to come up with a fairly good drawing of her anyway. In the same story, the group encounters a frog adopted by ducks and a bunny whose parents are penguins.
* This trope pops up from time to time in ''WesternAnimation/MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'':
** We learn from a flashback that Miss. Spider was separated from her mother when she was just a child and she got adopted by Betty Beetle.
** In the pilot film, Miss. Spider adopted three children, each from a different bug species; Dragon (a dragonfly), Shimmer (a jewel beetle), and Bounce (a bedbug).
** The two episodes "Little Ladybug Lost" and "A Beetle-ful Family" center around a young Asian ladybug named Grace who was separated from her family due to her oversleeping during her winter nap, and she winds up being adopted by Stinky the stinkbug and his sister Whiffy.
* In Polish animated series ''Animation/MiedzyNamiBocianami'' (Between Us Storks) main characters are a family of storks that adopted a cuckoo. In a sense all cuckoos are adopted (although not by storks) so it's not ''so'' weird.
* ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'' is a short where the DeliveryStork accidentally gives a sheep a lion cub for a child. When the stork tries to take him back the sheep refuses and she ends up raising the lion as her own. They're a happy family but [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Lambert is bullied]] by the lambs for being seen as a weird looking sheep, until as an adult he saves his mother from a wolf and becomes seen as a hero.
* Neither of [[spoiler:Elyon's]] parents in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' are human, however they pass themselves as human. She didn't [[ObliviousAdoption know that she was adopted]] until the BigBad revealed her parents' true forms.
* The Wildman from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was adopted by Tribe, a tribe of apes with white fur. Originally he was part of a tribe of humans enslaved by Aku, but was accidently left behind as a young child when he got loose from the WheelOfAgony machine the other humans were forced to operate and was taken in and raised by the apes. He doesnt remember his original family, but knows he's a human, and not an ape. Tribe has also trained him in the ability to "Jump Good" as they do, giving him the superhuman ability to jump miles in one stretch.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'': Technobear's parents are turtles. In fact, Technobear wasn't even aware that he was adopted and once asked if his shell would ever grow in.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' showed that Samson (a guinea pig) has ''jellyfish'' for parents.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': The cheapest ship Ruel could find in the second season is crewed by Black Ink and Elaine, a [[TalkingAnimal talking squid]] and his adopted human daughter.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'': The episode "Find Her, Keep Her" has Rabbit adopting a baby bird named Kessie after saving her during a storm. He grows attached to Kessie and has a hard time letting her go once it's time for her to fly south for the winter.
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'':
** This is the premise of the ShowWithinAShow ''Horsin' Around'' (which [=BoJack=] starred in during TheNineties), which is about three human children being raised by a horse. Its rival show ''Mister Peanutbutter's House'' also involved this, with a dog raising three human children.
** Diane and her family are mostly human, except for Diane's adoptive brother Gary, who's a sheep.
** Hollyhock was adopted and raised by [[HasTwoDaddies eight gay men]] in a polygamous marriage, and none of them are horses like her (specifically they're five humans, a bear, a lizard and a duck).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* RealLife examples involving animals like dogs, cats, and rabbits are a mainstay of websites like Cute Overload.
* One of the strangest incidents of this kind occurred in Samburu, Kenya: [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/feb/17/jamesastill.theobserver a lioness adopted an oryx.]] It didn't live long. The lioness, overcome with grief, decided to separate ''another'' oryx from its herd and adopt that one. It promptly died too. This went on almost a half-dozen times, with the lioness consistently preventing the baby oryxes from reuniting with their own kind. The story really isn't as cute as it initially seems.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0wYaXYwP-w A crow adopts a cat]]
* In real life, baboons will kidnap puppies from mother dogs and raise them as ''guard dogs.'' The baboons even treat them like humans do!
* Many people view their pets as adopted family members, especially animals such as dogs or cats. Some go as far as using babytalk and other baby-associated behavior with them.
* There's a woman called Marina Chapman, now living in England, who claims she was kidnapped as a young child in Colombia, abandoned in the jungle, and taken in by a troop of colobus monkeys with whom she lived for five years.
* A fairly common tactic for wildlife rescue organizations and zoos is to "foster" orphaned or abandoned wild animal babies to domesticated "parents". Numerous fox kits have been raised by [[https://youtu.be/tcn5haJpKAQ dogs]] or [[https://youtu.be/Yf2NB3gE5U8 cats]] for instance.

* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/IMG2_6550.jpg This]] ''Bad Habits'' strip, which is also an ObliviousAdoption.
* There is a famous joke about a turtle which constantly climbs up a tree and jumps down with its legs spread. After a few attempts (and the turtle getting quite a few traumas), a bird watching it from nearby asks its mate, "Should we tell our son he's adopted?"