In a heartwarming story, a sand-colored Shar Pei named Cleopatra has taken in three Siberian tiger cubs that were abandoned by their mother in Russia. Despite being of different species, the dog has embraced the role of wet nurse and is caring for the cubs like they are her own.
This story is a reminder of the strength of maternal instinct, not just in humans, but also in our beloved canine companions.
These mothers are truly remarkable, not only for their own offspring, but also for the orphaned young of other species in need of care.
This story is a prime example of how mother dogs can show love and provide comfort to helpless creatures without discrimination.
There is one crucial reason why wild animals should not be held captive: they can lose their maternal instincts and, as a result, reject their own offspring.
This was the case for two newborn tiger cubs, who would have perished if not for the nurturing of an endearing Shar Pei mother dog.
Two Siberian tiger cubs were born at the Oktyaberskiy health resort Zoo in Russia but were rejected by their mother shortly after birth. Without their mother’s care and protection, their survival was slim.
However, Cleopatra, a sand-colored and wrinkled Shar Pei dog, was there to save the day. She had just given birth to her own puppies and was about to nurse two wild tiger cubs.
Cleopatra immediately welcomed the newborn cubs and began caring for them. She cleaned and breastfed them alongside her own babies, ensuring their survival.
The tigers who were orphaned found both a loving adoptive mother and a large, caring family. They all slept in Cleopatra’s room together. One of the cubs, Cleopa, and the other, Plyusha, were named after Cleopatra.
The younger tigers are not aggressive and do not pose a threat to the protective mother dog. When they reach adulthood, they will return to the Zoo.