Jan 19, 2012

Pork Chops?

My mom sent me the cutest pics of a tiger and some piglets so check these out!!

In 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, suddenly started to decline in health although physically she was fine.  The vets felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression.  So, the doctor's decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs that she would, perhaps, improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the county, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.  So, the vets tried something that had never been tried in a zoo environment before.

Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species.  But the 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.....Would they become pork chops or cubs???

How adorable is this?  I guess the mother tiger just needed a baby (or a few) to care for.  Animals are completely mind-blowing!


Thanks for the love!...XO Christina

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