Joy | May 18th 2007
Here it is; the photo everybody is talking about! This is the Chinese dog nursing the tiger triplets in the Chinese zoo.
Thanks to USA Today’s On Deadline for this article.
Dog nurses tiger triplets at China zoo
BEIJING – It’s a dog’s life for three newborn tiger triplets in eastern China. The cubs, whom officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province 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, said Paomaling manager Chen Yucai.
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, Chen said.
Chen said it is common for Chinese zoos to use surrogate dog mothers to nurse rejected tiger cubs and that Huani has nursed tigers before.
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