The Oktyabrsky Zoo, located in southern Russia, recently jumped to action to help three tiger cubs whose mother has a history of abandoning her cubs. This heartbreaking story took a happy turn, however, because sister Talli and her two brothers Olymp and Dar found solace in a new mother – a Swiss Shepherd named Talli.
Beautiful, light-coated Talli — who became the girl tiger’s namesake — quickly adopted and nursed the three lonely cubs once their birthmother refused to feed them. Talli definitely has a maternal streak; she divides her time between feeding the new cubs and preparing for a new litter of her own. Keepers supplement goat milk for the cubs to allow the pregnant Talli a nursing break from time to time, but she’s always eager to resume caring for the tigers.
Take a look at these hungry tigers with their new mom at feeding time: