25 May 2011

Liger cubs adopted by dog at zoo in eastern China

It's amazing how selfless animals can be. Not only do they love just about anyone or anything that will let them, but they're willing to help out another animal in need whenever necessary. Any animal, no matter how different they are from each other.

Two liger cubs were born earlier this month at the Xixiakou Wildlife Zoo in Weihai, eastern China. There were four cubs in the litter, but only two cubs survived after their mother rejected them from feeding after only four days. The other two died of weakness, and the zoo staff remains unsure as to why the mother stopped feeding her cubs.

To save the lives of the two remaining cubs, another new mother was able to help: a dog. After only a few minor problems, the process went very smoothly, and the cubs gained an adopted mother.

A liger is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. They are extremely rare, and only exist in captivity. When grown, ligers become much larger than either of their parents.

The fact that the dog was able to care for these cubs in need is truly remarkable, and of course, adorable.

Alexandra Hedin | Facebook | @Alexandra_Hedin
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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