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UPDATE – Witty Zoo & Tiglet Too

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UPDATE: I posted this awwwww-inspiring post in 2006. Well, it turns out that this story wasn’t the whole hog. Urban Legends.About.com has the facts.

Comments: The photos above are genuine, but there is more to this story than meets the eye.

To begin with, the snapshots were taken at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand (near Bangkok), not some nameless zoo in California. Moreover, it would appear that the sad tale of the tigress falling into a deep depression after losing a litter of cubs was fabricated, as was the claim that the piglets were substituted for the deceased cubs by zookeepers in order to console the “mourning mother.”

As it happens, this sort of intermingling of species is not at all unusual at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, where “creating successful relationships with animals of different species” is something of a guiding principle. The facility, more accurately described as part zoo and part circus, boasts offbeat attractions like basketball-playing elephants, “lady crocodile wrestlers,” and a petting zoo where customers can bottle-feed baby tigers with their own bare hands. Visitors have reported seeing tigers, pigs, and dogs all housed together within the same enclosure, with sows nursing tiger cubs and tigresses nursing piglets “adorned in tiger-print costumes.”

The costumes are strictly for show, by the way. The mother tiger pictured above, who has been photographed on other occasions suckling piglets au naturel, was herself nursed by a pig in infancy and apparently regards the other species as family, not prey.

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We all know the heart felt loss when a mother loses their baby shortly after birth. It seems that animals go through the same depression when they experience a death of their litter.
This tiger was overwrought and sinking into deep depression after losing premature triplets, when the zoo came up with the idea to put little piglets in her cage to nurse. The tiger mother took to them completely since she too was nursed by a pig as a cub.

She came out of her depression and is doing fine. The piglets don’t have to wear those tiger pj’s for Momma tiger to love them. She takes care of the cubs as if they were her own fur and blood.

Okay, I’m not going to make any horrible references to delicious pigs in a blanket.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

March 12, 2008 at 10:45 am

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