A White Swiss Shepherd Dog is proving a life saver after she adopted three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother at a zoo in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The snow white hound named Tally is breastfeeding the tiny trio of
tigers after the mother Bagheera refused to feed them herself. Keepers
said the dog was producing milk for the cubs, two males and a female that were
born in October, even though her own puppies have not yet been born.
feeding her a high protein food to make sure she has enough milk for them
all. It is not the first time the tiger mum has abandoned her cubs at the
zoo. This time around they had Tally lined up, and zoo spokesperson Victoria Kudlaeva said they were
surprised that she had adopted the three so quickly.
The cubs are also
being fed goat's milk as an additional supplement. The female has been named
after her adopted mum Tally - and the zoo is holding a contest to name the two
males. And althought the cubs have sharper claws than puppies they have
learned not to annoy their adopted mum - who nudges them away with her nose when
they start to scratch or bite.