Everyone knows that a dog is man’s best friend, but in China it seems that a dog is also a liger’s best friend.
A Chinese zoo official says two rare cubs born to a male lion and a female tiger are being nursed by a dog after they were abandoned by their mother.
Cong Wen of Xixiakou Wildlife Zoo in eastern China says four cubs were born to the lion and tiger earlier this month.
On Tuesday the tiger mother fed the ligers for four days but then abandoned them for unknown reasons. Two of the baby ligers died of weakness.
Cong said staff members at the zoo found a dog who had just given birth to feed the surviving cubs. The dog mom is now nursing not just the liger cubs but her own puppies, as well.
She said the two cubs had trouble at first drinking milk from the dog but are now used to it.
Ligers are very rare and are sometimes bred in zoos by mistake.