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Dog Helps Feed Abandoned Liger Cubs In China

Momma Dog and Liger Cubs

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.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

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Terry Carlson
11 years ago

it is si cute when another animal will fill in as being a mommy!!love it

Lrackar
Lrackar
11 years ago

The two puppies in the video still are being held away from their mother so that the cubs can feed.  Mom is attached to the decking by a metal clip…other than the ligers getting a chance to feed, where is the feel good element of this story?

Www Naomi04
Www Naomi04
11 years ago

They should also feed the female dog, she looks thin thanks for posting this video

Lkimball
Lkimball
11 years ago

That dog appears to be chained to the floor with a carabiner clip, and her body language is not relaxed. Some feel good story that is.

Sstorrer
Sstorrer
11 years ago

it says the video is private darn but they r so cute!!!!

Sstorrer
Sstorrer
11 years ago

it says the video is private darn but they r so cute!!!!

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