Adorable tiger cub adopted by dog after it is abandoned and badly hurt by mother
An adorable tiger cub has been adopted by a dog – after its mother abandoned it.
The tiger was rejected by its mother at a zoo in Indore, India – forcing keepers to look for a surrogate mother to feed the dog.
And after introducing the two-month-old cub to Genie, the black Labrador, she instantly took to the tiger, adopting her alongside her own puppies.
Rakesh Yadav, a keeper at the zoo who helped integrate the two, said: “They are like mom and son.
“There are many visitors coming just to see the dog and the tiger cub.For the public it’s a new attraction seeing the tiger cub very friendly with the dog.The mainly come here to see the dog and tiger.”
Adorable video shows the young tiger – yet to be named – feeding off the Labrador.
Zoo keepers were forced to take action after the cub – a cross between a white tiger and a Bengal tiger – was badly injured by its mother.
Keepers believe the mother had been unnecessarily rough with the cubs as she carried them in her mouth, subsequently rejecting and killing two of them.
The surviving sibling was quickly rescued by keepers who isolated her, but with the cub just days old, it desperately needed nourishment to survive.
In a bid to save the young tigers life, they set upon a rare plan to ween it on the milk of a dog.
Keeper Yadav added: “We needed the dog to feed this tiger cub so that it could get a mother’s milk.
“When the tiger was three days old, we blindfolded the dog’s eyes and made it feed the cub three times.
“The next time we tried without the blindfold. The dog could recognise the smell of the tiger. And on the third day the dog began caring for the tiger and accepted it like its own child.
“It was a challenge but it was a success.”
The scheme – the first of its kind at Indore zoo – has proved a major tourist attraction, with visitors flocking to the Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahlay Zoo to catch a glimpse of the unusual pairing.
Yadav said: “At Indore zoo, this has proved a big public attraction as it is rare to see a dog adopting a tiger cub.”