Fidy Says
21st November 2007


posted in Big Cats |

At a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, began to decline in health. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused her to fall into a depression. They therefore decided that if the tigress could adopt another mother’s cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species.

┬áThe only orphans’ that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.



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  1. 1 On October 3rd, 2008, kumudu said:

    It is so heart-warming to read this story. I hope that the mother tiger is keeping well.

  2. 2 On January 11th, 2009, Sha said:

    Adorable. It’s good that the keepers were so worried that they had to find something to help. Even ifit was as odd as piglets.

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