Dog is surrogate mother to three tiger cubs

Because sometimes we can fool nature.

Swiss Shepherd dog adopts three tiger cubs at Russian zoo |

A Swiss Shepherd dog in Russia has become the adoptive mother of three newborn tigers that were abandoned.

The white mutt, called Tallim, took Olymp, Dar and Talli under her wing after their biological mother Bagira rejected them just after they were born on November 14.

This strange, but heart-warming, tale occurred at the Oktyabrsky zoo in Sochi but it wasn’t as spontaneous as it first seemed as the zoo had advertised the position for mother online.

Too cute not to share. But seriously, if this little guy/gal was making this noise all the time, I’m not sure how long my patience would last.

  3 comments for “Dog is surrogate mother to three tiger cubs

  1. D.
    December 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Awww! Sweet !! This is the type of stuff I need when I’m bummed out. Thanks, Doub.

  2. Horsehair Braider
    December 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Wow, interesting. I raise livestock and occasionally have to try and get a surrogate mother for some animal or other and it can be difficult to get the new mother to accept the strange babies. I’m wondering what techniques they used.

    I also wonder if they had to milk the mother tiger for the colostrum. The cubs would have needed it for their immune systems, and it’s not an easy thing to replicate. Imagine milking a tiger! 🙂 Most people can’t even milk a goat.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    December 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Milking the mother tiger? What poor schlub gets that job?

    Supervisor: “Hey Steve, I need to see you in my office.”
    Steve: “What’s up boss?”
    Supervisor: “Remember last week when you ate that yogurt I left in the refrigerator? Well, I have a job for you…”

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