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Dog Nurses Tiger Triplets at China Zoo


I just ran across this story on drudge report and thought that I would share.

Dog Nurses Tiger Triplets at China Zoo

May 17 07:43 AM US/Eastern

BEIJING (AP) - It's a dog's life for three newborn tiger triplets in eastern China. The cubs, whom officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province are so far just calling "One," "Two" and "Three," have been nursed by a dog since they were rejected by their tiger mother shortly after birth, said Paomaling manager Chen Yucai.
The trio's adoptive mother, a mixed breed farm dog called "Huani," is expected to nurse them 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 and that Huani has nursed tigers before.

In the past, Paomaling put dog urine on their rejected cub's fur to make the surrogate think she was nursing one of her own puppies but the zoo didn't bother with Huani because she seemed not to mind nursing the tigers, he said.

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

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Here is a picture that was with the story:

cutie4realie4494 cutie4realie4494 6 years 24 weeks
so cute xD
jij4397 jij4397 6 years 28 weeks
so cute! <3
sashak sashak 7 years 17 weeks
whoa!! I just saw the pic! That is wild! :oy: I'm such a dork...
TNgirl TNgirl 7 years 17 weeks
I was finally able to add a picture of it.
TNgirl TNgirl 7 years 17 weeks
I wouldn't think so either Sasha but somehow I guess it works.
sashak sashak 7 years 17 weeks
wierd!! I wouldn't think that a doggie could make the proper nutrients for a baby tiger!