Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dog is surrogate mom for tiger cubs

From the AP, at
Tiger triplets at Chinese zoo nursed by dog
Newborn tiger triplets in eastern China are being nursed by a dog after their mother rejected them.

Officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province are calling the cubs "One," "Two" and "Three."

They have been nursed by a dog since they were rejected by their mother shortly after birth 10 days ago, said Paomaling manager Chen Yucai.

The triplet's adoptive mother, a mixed breed farm dog named "Huani," is expected to nurse the tigers for about a month or until their appetites outpace her supply, Chen said.

Chen said it is common for Chinese zoos to use surrogate dog mothers to nurse rejected tiger cubs.

Huani has nursed tigers from Paomaling before, he said.

"The family is getting along well and seems to enjoy each other," Chen said.


Mom looks a bit concerned, you wonder if she is feeling any little tiger teeth yet. Yikes!

Related Link:

Tiger adopts little pork chops as her own
The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand (near Bangkok), well known for mixing species. also raises tigers and dogs together.

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