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   Zoo staff in Russia were prepared when a mother tiger abandoned her newborn cubs. And by prepared I mean they had a Swiss shepherd dog ready to fill the role. (with awwww pics)

23 Nov 2012 04:32 PM   |   11357 clicks   |   KSL Salt Lake City
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St_Francis_P     
It wasn't the first time their mother abandoned her cubs

She must not like cats.

23 Nov 2012 12:47 PM
Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  
Daaaaaaw!

23 Nov 2012 01:14 PM
TheBeastOfYuccaFlats    [TotalFark]  
Are tiger babies really called "cubs" and not "kittens"?

23 Nov 2012 02:59 PM
Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Are tiger babies really called "cubs" and not "kittens"?


Yes they are. The same goes for baby lions.

23 Nov 2012 03:18 PM
strapp3r     
sore doggie teats is SORE!

23 Nov 2012 04:35 PM
AeAe     
I wonder if the cubs will consider the dog their mother when they grow up..

23 Nov 2012 04:36 PM
XGoldenDragon514    [TotalFark]  
I've often wondered where I could find a lactating dog. 

23 Nov 2012 04:36 PM
robohobo     
It wasn't the first time their mother abandoned her cubs

She'd do well as an inner city father.

23 Nov 2012 04:42 PM
Larry Mahnken     

AeAe: I wonder if the cubs will consider the dog their mother when they grow up..


Or lunch.

23 Nov 2012 04:42 PM
dericwater     
The dog looks like, "WTF are these doing sucking on my tits?"

23 Nov 2012 04:52 PM
Jadedgrl     
Wow. I didn't know tiger cubs sound exactly like newborn babies. Kinda creepy.

23 Nov 2012 04:55 PM
mcwehrle     
I was ok till the cubs started sqeaking! D'AWWWWWW!!!!

23 Nov 2012 05:00 PM
Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  

mcwehrle: I was ok till the cubs started sqeaking! D'AWWWWWW!!!!


It's adorable until THEY EAT YOUR FACE OFF! :-D

23 Nov 2012 05:02 PM
Easy Reader     
I'd leave them too if they kept making that noise.

23 Nov 2012 05:02 PM
mcwehrle     

Bathia_Mapes: mcwehrle: I was ok till the cubs started sqeaking! D'AWWWWWW!!!!

It's adorable until THEY EAT YOUR FACE OFF! :-D


True dat. I live with 3 who think they're that kind of cat. Should I die unexpectedly, they will eat bits of me at 4am and 4pm, because that's when the wet food is served. I have no doubt of that.

:)

23 Nov 2012 05:07 PM
cloud_van_dame     
itty bitty kitty haz horrible shriek.

I guess if you're an apex predator, nothing will eat you if you are noisy.

23 Nov 2012 05:25 PM
FeatheredSun     
My grandmother had a basinje biatch who did this for a family cat. They shared the nursing. Pretty damn awesome. Just when you think nature is all hardcore survival at all costs...you see a mother being all motherly to babies she didn't even carry. Good stuff.

23 Nov 2012 05:45 PM
mcwehrle     

FeatheredSun: My grandmother had a basinje biatch who did this for a family cat. They shared the nursing. Pretty damn awesome. Just when you think nature is all hardcore survival at all costs...you see a mother being all motherly to babies she didn't even carry. Good stuff.


1) Basenjies are totally awesome, if the one I've met is any indication.

2) Truth, nature is not always as hard core as we see. Back when I was a kid on a farm, we had a tomcat (toms usually kill kittens) bring orphan kittens back to a nursing mama cat.

And oddly, elephants seem to be all into this. If a young cow can't/won't nurse her newborn, other cows will. Same with cattle.

Ok, I don't know why I'm posting. Back to the corner with me.

waiting on my alt to become active. I've had this for years, it's boring.

23 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
GoodHomer     

mcwehrle: FeatheredSun: My grandmother had a basinje biatch who did this for a family cat. They shared the nursing. Pretty damn awesome. Just when you think nature is all hardcore survival at all costs...you see a mother being all motherly to babies she didn't even carry. Good stuff.

1) Basenjies are totally awesome, if the one I've met is any indication.

2) Truth, nature is not always as hard core as we see. Back when I was a kid on a farm, we had a tomcat (toms usually kill kittens) bring orphan kittens back to a nursing mama cat.

And oddly, elephants seem to be all into this. If a young cow can't/won't nurse her newborn, other cows will. Same with cattle.

Ok, I don't know why I'm posting. Back to the corner with me.

waiting on my alt to become active. I've had this for years, it's boring.


And I've seen a mommy farm cat eat its freshly stillborn kittens.

/There is not enough eyebleach in the world to get rid of that image
//What are you doing kitty? What are you... OH MY GOD!!!!!

23 Nov 2012 06:08 PM
Contents Under Pressure     
The reason they do this is that the exhibits are too small. If the tiger had a decent size exhibit, she'd take care of her cubs.

23 Nov 2012 06:13 PM
mcwehrle     

GoodHomer:

And I've seen a mommy farm cat eat its freshly stillborn kittens.

/There is not enough eyebleach in the world to get rid of that image
//What are you doing kitty? What are you... OH MY GOD!!!!!


Oh, I've seen that, and cows savage a malformed calf, bulls savage a calf while the cow just stood there. sheep refusing to feed the runt until it starves to death and then the chickens eat it (chickens are creepy and brutal, and I'm glad I eat them :) ). Nature can, and usually is, very practical. We call it brutal, but that's life.

23 Nov 2012 06:13 PM
iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  

XGoldenDragon514: I've often wondered where I could find a lactating dog. 


That, like everything else, can be found in Guadalajara, Mexico; for the right price.

23 Nov 2012 06:14 PM
Indubitably     
*squee* until it eats you, right in the face

23 Nov 2012 06:25 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

Contents Under Pressure: The reason they do this is that the exhibits are too small. If the tiger had a decent size exhibit, she'd take care of her cubs.


Sometimes. It's also because, especially with higher mammals, maternal behavior is as much learned as it is instinctive. Take an animal away from its mother too soon, or raise it in captivity by humans, and it won't learn what to do with its babies. Especially true with animals that stay with the mother for more than a year or two.

23 Nov 2012 07:03 PM
Indubitably     

Gyrfalcon: Contents Under Pressure: The reason they do this is that the exhibits are too small. If the tiger had a decent size exhibit, she'd take care of her cubs.

Sometimes. It's also because, especially with higher mammals, maternal behavior is as much learned as it is instinctive. Take an animal away from its mother too soon, or raise it in captivity by humans, and it won't learn what to do with its babies. Especially true with animals that stay with the mother for more than a year or two.

To biology


23 Nov 2012 07:43 PM
GrogSmash     

Jadedgrl: Wow. I didn't know tiger cubs sound exactly like newborn babies. Kinda creepy.


That's exactly what I was thinking...
(And it freaked nine kinds of hell out of my cat...)

23 Nov 2012 07:45 PM
Oznog     

Jadedgrl: Wow. I didn't know tiger cubs sound exactly like newborn babies. Kinda creepy.


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They sound exactly like Wrath's origin story, that's for sure.

23 Nov 2012 08:29 PM
SwiftFox     
Zoo staff say the tiger cubs don't pose any threat to the dog

Wow, really? Newborn mammals with milk teeth aren't going to eat an adult Swiss shepherd dog?

23 Nov 2012 09:11 PM
KatjaMouse     

mcwehrle: And oddly, elephants seem to be all into this. If a young cow can't/won't nurse her newborn, other cows will. Same with cattle.


I remember watching some Tru TV story with my sister about a circus elephant who nursed an abandoned calf and bonded immediately with it. Well, they were separated when the nursing cow was sold to a petting zoo where she was abused and neglected for something like 12 years until she was rescued and put in an elephant sanctuary. She was starving herself, totally depressed and had to be quarantined. Then a bull was brought in and was aggressive to everyone, was almost too dangerous to handle and after nearly killing a cow was boarded up. Well the night he was put up workers heard commotion at the barn as if two elephants were killing each other. When they got in they saw the depressed cow and the bull literally ripping apart their pens and breaking only to extend their trunks to one another. So the workers, wanting to preserve their barn, opened the doors and ran only to see these two elephants embrace. They went back and traced the paperwork for these two elephants and realized that they were at the same circus and noted that she was his nurse mother. After that she began eating regularly again and he stopped being a dick.

Then I looked over at my sister. She must have been having a menopausal moment or something because she was bawling her eyes out.

23 Nov 2012 10:22 PM
What_do_you_want_now     

Oznog: Jadedgrl: Wow. I didn't know tiger cubs sound exactly like newborn babies. Kinda creepy.

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 405x304]

They sound exactly like Wrath's origin story, that's for sure.


THAT'S NOT CANON!!!

/FMA:B was the best anime evar, the best EVAR

23 Nov 2012 11:19 PM
octopied     

SwiftFox: Zoo staff say the tiger cubs don't pose any threat to the dog

Wow, really? Newborn mammals with milk teeth aren't going to eat an adult Swiss shepherd dog?


No kidding, the cubs are tiny for the first couple months. Large dogs have been adopive moms for tigers/lions before, they can produce enough milk. Cutest pics are when the mom has a couple of puppies at the same time as well.

24 Nov 2012 08:06 AM
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