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Golden Retriever Adopts Abandoned Tiger Cubs

CANEY, Kan. – A dog at a southeast Kansas zoo has adopted three tiger cubs who were abandoned by their mother. Safari Zoological Park owner Tom Harvey said the tiger cubs were born Sunday, but the mother had issues with them.Harvey said the cubs were wandering around, trying to find their birth mother, who wouldn’t pay attention to them. That’s when the cubs were put in the care of a golden retriever.

Harvey said it’s unusual for dogs to care for tiger cubs, but it does happen. He said he has seen reports of pigs nursing cubs in China, and he actually got the golden retriever after his wife saw television accounts of dogs caring for tiger cubs.

Puppies take about the same amount of time as tiger cubs to develop, and Harvey said the adoptive mother just recently weaned her own puppies.

“The timing couldn’t have been any better,” he said.The mother doesn’t know the difference, Harvey said. He said the adopted mother licks, cleans and feeds the cubs.
[Source: Yahoo! News]