Helpful dog feeds four white tiger cubs at a zoo in China

A helpful dog feeds four white tiger cubs at a zoo in China.
A helpful dog feeds four white tiger cubs at a zoo in China. (Associated Press)
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The story of one mom helping out another

-- Okay, all at once now: awwwwwww. . . .

At a zoo in Taiyuan, China, the birth of quadruplet white tiger cubs on June 20 was an exciting event. Unfortunately, their inexperienced mother couldn't figure out how to nurse them, and the cubs were at risk of dying from lack of food.

Enter a loving dog. Zookeepers found a mother dog who had recently given birth and brought the dog in to nurse the two male and two female cubs.

White tigers are very rare, with only several hundred left in the wild.

Despite the commonly held belief that dogs and cats don't get along, this kind of caretaking has been seen before. At a zoo in Kansas a couple of years ago, a golden retriever successfully nursed three newborn tigers. The same zoo also reports that one of its lions once raised a litter of puppies.


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