Saturday, 23 August 2008

pork chops

Got these photos in an email which says:

"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 veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate 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. 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 cubs or pork chops?"
How cute is that!


  1. That is amazing! and what sweet photos. :o)

  2. I love this post! My heart just melted.

  3. I love these type of stories! Love the one you're with - and those little jackets are so funny - thanks for making me smile this morning.

  4. ohh!!! I read a story on the chook forums about a hen sitting on duck eggs when the mother duck was killed. When they hatched the ducklings took off for the pond and the poor hen nearly died of fright - seems she didn't notice they weren't chickens - these pics just make me feel all mushy!


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