Three newborn tiger cubs in China are being suckled by a dog, after their mother rejected them at birth.
Chinese television showed pictures of the cubs being nursed by the dog at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province, in eastern China.
The cubs, who zoo staff are so far just calling One, Two and Three, have been nursed by the dog since they were rejected by their tiger mother shortly after birth ten days ago, said Paomaling manager Chen Yucai.
The trio's adoptive mother, a mixed breed farm dog named Huani, is expected to nurse the tigers for about a month or until their appetites outpace her supply, Chen said.
Chen said it is common for Chinese zoos to use surrogate dog mothers to nurse rejected tiger cubs. Huani has nursed tigers from Paomaling before, he said.
Paomaling has previously put dog urine on rejected cubs' fur to make the surrogate think she was nursing her own puppies, but the zoo didn't bother with the urine this time because Huani seemed not to mind nursing the tigers, Chen said.
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