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Shar-Pei dog from Sochi "adopted" 2 newborn tigers

A newborn tiger meets its new family: a tigress from a zoo in Sochi, Russia refused to feed her offspring, and two newborn tigresses were handed over to Cleopatra, a Shar-Pei dog owned by two zoo workers.
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Mikhail Mordasov

A newborn tiger meets its new family: a tigress from a zoo in Sochi, Russia refused to feed her offspring, and two newborn tigresses were handed over to Cleopatra, a Shar-Pei dog owned by two zoo workers.
Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh about a kilo. They gain eyesight on the fifth to tenth day.

Mikhail Mordasov

Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh about a kilo. They gain eyesight on the fifth to tenth day.
They are all equals - the tiger cubs and babies. Both will be fed by bottle for the first few weeks.

Mikhail Mordasov

They are all equals - the tiger cubs and babies. Both will be fed by bottle for the first few weeks.
Tigers are good-natured animals rather than fierce beasts, despite deep-rooted beliefs.

Mikhail Mordasov

Tigers are good-natured animals rather than fierce beasts, despite deep-rooted beliefs.
The puppies and tiger cubs do not play together yet - they are too little, but they do get along.

Mikhail Mordasov

The puppies and tiger cubs do not play together yet - they are too little, but they do get along.
The tigress Bagheera does not recognise her two cubs as her own. She refused to feed her first offspring, too.

Mikhail Mordasov

The tigress Bagheera does not recognise her two cubs as her own. She refused to feed her first offspring, too.
Bagheera may fail to feed her offspring because she was brought up in captivity.

Mikhail Mordasov

Bagheera may fail to feed her offspring because she was brought up in captivity.
When the cubs turn three years old, they start hunting independently, without their mother's help.

Mikhail Mordasov

When the cubs turn three years old, they start hunting independently, without their mother's help.
Tigers have two hunting methods: they either stalk or ambush their prey.

Mikhail Mordasov

Tigers have two hunting methods: they either stalk or ambush their prey.
The world tiger population is extremely small; there are fewer than 500 tigers in Russia.

Mikhail Mordasov

The world tiger population is extremely small; there are fewer than 500 tigers in Russia.
Were it not for Cleopatra, the cubs would have died.

Mikhail Mordasov

Were it not for Cleopatra, the cubs would have died.
The newborn tigers are very playful; you can play with them safely until their teeth and claws grow too big.

Mikhail Mordasov

The newborn tigers are very playful; you can play with them safely until their teeth and claws grow too big.
Unfortunately, this is not the first case when zoo workers have had to use dogs to feed tiger cubs rejected by their mothers.

Mikhail Mordasov

Unfortunately, this is not the first case when zoo workers have had to use dogs to feed tiger cubs rejected by their mothers.
July 5, 2012
Tags: sochi, animals

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