Thursday, July 31, 2008

All together, now: Awwwww, cute!

There's a touching story of a Golden Retriever mom that's adopted three white tiger kittens.

A dog at a southeast Kansas zoo has adopted three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother. Safari Zoological Park owner Tom Harvey said the tiger cubs were born Sunday, but the mother had problems with them.

A day later, the mother stopped caring for them. Harvey said the cubs were wandering around, trying to find their birth mother, who wouldn't pay attention to them. That's when the cubs were put in the care of a golden retriever, Harvey said.

Harvey said it's unusual for dogs to care for tiger cubs, but it does happen. He said he has seen reports of pigs nursing cubs in China, and he actually got the golden retriever after his wife saw television accounts of dogs caring for tiger cubs.

Puppies take about the same amount of time as tiger cubs to develop, and Harvey said the adoptive mother just recently weaned her own puppies.

"The timing couldn't have been any better," he said.

The mother doesn't know the difference, Harvey said. He said the adopted mother licks, cleans and feeds the cubs.

Like I said . . . awwww, cute!

There's a link to a video of the kittens with their adoptive "mother" at the link above. Fun to watch.



Evil Transport Lady said...

I saw that story on the news! That is so sweet! Now if only us humans can learn from this;)

Christina RN LMT said...

Absolutely adorable! I wonder if the cubs remember their "mother" when they're grown?