Liger cubs in China zoo nursed by dog
Two liger cubs in a zoo in China are being nursed by a dog after being rejected by their tiger mum, in a story ever so slightly similar to that of Koa the labrador and her adopted baby rabbits.
The ligers - a cross between a male lion and a female tiger, if you hadn't guessed that much - were born at Xixiakou Wildlife Zoo in east China's Shandong province earlier this month.
Two of their siblings sadly died, then their mother stopped feeding the pair after a few days.
The dog, fresh from giving birth to her own offspring, was promptly drafted in as a surrogate mum.
Can't tell which are the liger cubs and which are the puppies, can you? Oh, wait...
According to staff at the zoo, the liger cubs initially had trouble drinking milk from the pooch but they're now used to it.
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