Wednesday, October 17, 2007

newsFlash: Tiger Pig, Tiger Pig

OK, this isn't very recent news, but I just dug this up from an old email that Will Pate sent me. The link to more pics and the full story is http://www.frogview.com/show2.php?file=415 . Here's the basics...
"In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veter inarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger."

Wow!
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10/17/2007 01:05:00 p.m.  

6 Comments:

Anonymous Philip Roy said...

Well I hate to say it, but when I see lovely stories like this, I tend not to believe them and head straight to Snopes. I think you and Will might have been caught out...

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp

Sorry guys :-(

October 20, 2007 5:48 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

D'oh! Thanks for keeping us honest, Phil! (Why do people make these things up???)

October 24, 2007 9:45 p.m.  
Anonymous Jim Brekke said...

So I'm confused Is this true or not?

October 27, 2007 9:08 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

Hi Jim,

The photo hasn't been doctored in any way, it's just the backstory that is incorrect. :-)

Jeff

October 30, 2007 7:46 a.m.  
Blogger Ajay Shroff said...

Hey Jeff, Are you based in HFX?

April 07, 2008 10:24 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ajay,

JEFF here - can't login now for some reason.

Yes, I am based in Halifax. :-)

Jeff

April 09, 2008 9:00 a.m.  

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