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The love of a mother

Updated on February 21, 2013

"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."


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    Anna 8 years ago

    Rofl thats really cute and touching but hillarious!

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    Annalene 10 years ago from Richards bay South-Africa

    This is such a precious story and cgull, I will do that and hopefully when those covers come off, there won't be a identity crisis! lol! Thanks guys I'm glad you all liked it.

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    bluewings 10 years ago from Milkyway

    A very touching story,Annie!

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    tshirtscene 10 years ago

    Annie this is just precious and as Janice has said very uplifting and warming to the heart. There is love and much of it, we just have to look in all the right places :)

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    cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

    Agree with Janice, thats a terrific uplifting story Annalene, this is simply superb, thanks for sharing this great story. Please update us what happens later, maybe they can remove the skin and see whether it will still love them or not.

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    janice 10 years ago

    Annalene, this is such an uplifting story. Animal life is so amazing. The photos are beautiful. I am going to print them. Love to you!