Tuesday, May 13, 2008

SO FREAKING CUTE


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 recover ing 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.

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 be found quickly were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?? Look at what happened...



10 comments:

Melissa & Emmitt said...

what a heart warming story! thank you for sharing it!

sonya ina said...

I saw those pictures a few months ago and sent them to my entire office via email, haha! Sooooooooo cute indeed.

ladypug said...

ohmigod. How long until she realizes they are edible? It is adorable, but truly - she will figure this out, right??

Lex said...

Oh that is so sweet! :) I have seen the pictures of dogs with baby lions too. :)

Gotta love mother nature <3

Bella and Perogi said...

awwwww....that is the cutest thing ever. I love piglets i think they remind me of my puggies

Clover said...

Oh, so cute!! Love it!

TwoPugs said...

Oh, my gosh!!! How wonderful and absolutely adorable.

PugNYC said...

thanks for all your comments...such a cute story, right?

Punchbugpug said...

Wow, that is amazing! Wonder how long they'll let them stay with her.

Nevis said...

*sigh* I started poking around about this and found out that this story isn't real! Oh! First of all, that sucks, it was such a lovely story. I'm sorry!

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp