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In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately,due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health,although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate
another mother’s cubs, perhaps she would improve.

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After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother
of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans’ that could befound quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets intiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?

Take a look… you won’t believe your eyes!!

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Now, please tell me one more time… Why can’t the rest of the world get along?

Thanks Pam S.!

10 Responses

  1. Wow, that’s AWESOME! What a GREAT idea and I’m glad that worked. COOL!

  2. Someone emailed me that some time ago. Amazing, I also saw a video of a leopard who cared for a baby monkey after it killed it’s mother. The baby died overnight as it was too young to survive without it’s mother’s milk but it just goes to show doesn’t it

  3. Such an amazing story and very sweet pictures. I’m glad it worked, I think it’s so sweet to see animals caring for other animals.

  4. This is very cute. Pigs are notorious for fostering this way. I know a pig farmer and they take newborns and put them with different mothers all the time. If the litter is to big and a few smaller ones are starving but to do this in this way is just heartwarming.

  5. Gary~~
    This story is one I really wanted to share because I raised pigs on the farm we had growing up. I was actually there when they were being born! It was amazing! I just love the support in the animal community, when it is really needed! Glad you all liked the story!

  6. Sorry to put a downer on this but I heard about this sometime ago and the pictures are actually from a zoo in Thailand. Apparently this story was part of a publicity stunt by the zoo. See link to story – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-498789/The-tiger-adopted-litter-piglets-tale-porkies.html

    On a lighter note – I enjoy your blog!

  7. How heartwarming!

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