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Shar Pei Becomes Surrogate Mom To Tiger Cubs (Video)

Shar Pei Becomes Surrogate Mom To Tiger Cubs (Video)

Good news: An Amur tiger, one of the rarest on earth, gave birth to a pair of cubs in Sochi, Russia, about six weeks ago.

Bad news: The mother tiger refused to feed her cubs.

Good news: The zoo found Cleopatra, a Shar Pei who had recently had a litter of puppies, owned by Yekaterina Khodakova.

Great news: Cleopatra immediately accepted the two tiger cubs as her own and has been nursing them. This video shows Cleopatra and the tiger cubs, with adorable footage of them learning to get on their feet and snuggling up with the Shar Pei pups.

 

Quips SFGate: “Now the Amur cubs, dubbed Clyopa and Plyusha, think they’re dogs.”

According to estimates from the World Conservation Society, there are fewer than 3,500 Amur or Siberian tigers in the wild, with only about 1,000 of those breeding females. In the Russian Far East, there are several hundred tigers. But their numbers have been drastically reduced in China, from 300 (in the 1940s) to only 18 to 22.

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2:15PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

absolutely amaizing and beautiful!!!!! thnx ciao

11:32PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Most of these babies are orphaned because of the human race. Our own included.

7:46PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

wow

7:46PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

wow

6:36PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

I love it when a mother animal will accept babies of another species. Wonderful story.

9:19AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Thank you for the good story.

3:41PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

It's obvious ... little Ms. Cleopatra is a true lover :))

2:33AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

too cute.

3:23PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Absolutely Adorable !!! :)

3:02PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Cleopatra, you're the best and you are beautiful!

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