Chinese tiger cubs nuzzle up to dog family
May 6, 1997
Web posted at: 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT)
DALIAN, China (CNN) -- The recent birthday of two baby tigers
at China's Dalian Zoo brought new attention to the cubs'
relationship with their adoptive family, to whom they remain
close even at 1-year-old.
A family of dogs adopted the tigers after the zoo moved,
frightening the cubs' mother into rejecting her babies. The
cubs weighed only 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) at birth.
Now, just one year later, they weigh over 50 kilograms (more
than 100 pounds), and tower over their four adoptive
brothers, born on the same day. The mother suckled her
puppies and the tiger cubs at the same time.
The six brothers are good friends, zoo officials said. And
since the zoo is such a tough neighborhood, zoo officials
said the tigers now look out for their much smaller
companions to make sure no harm comes to them.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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