Dog Nurses Tiger Triplets at China Zoo
By Associated Press
Thu May 17, 2007, BEIJING
The cubs, whom officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World are so far just calling "One," "Two" and "Three," have been nursed by a dog since they were rejected by their tiger mother shortly after birth.
The trio's adoptive mother, a mixed breed farm dog called "Huani," is expected to nurse them for about a month or until their appetites outpace her supply.
In the past, Paomaling put dog urine on a rejected cub's fur to make the surrogate think she was nursing one of her own puppies but didn't bother because she seemed not to mind nursing the tigers.
"The family is getting along well and seems to enjoy each other," Chen said.