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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:25 PM
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Tiger and piglets. I was asked to post this
after I mentioned it in another thread. It's made the rounds, I guess, though this is the first I've seen it - and the story attached to the email isn't true, according to Snopes, but the pictures are cute. So here is the truth (via snopes) and the story, with the pictures, for the DUer who wanted to see them.

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

The story that makes the rounds (and pictures) below:

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 veterinarians 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 weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?





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BuelahWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:31 PM
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1. OMG how adorable!
:loveya:
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:35 PM
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2. Life is fucking amazing!
Or maybe love does conquer all ?

Khash.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:06 PM
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3. I saw that request!
Thanks for honoring it! :hi:
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:25 PM
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10. You're welcome.
While not "true" it's a little more pleasant than most of the stuff on DU lately! :)
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:11 PM
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4. Cute
but why post the debunked story, and not the true one?
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:22 PM
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8. I posted the link to the true story because it's longer
than the "tale" and the pictures I put in the post are large - I was simply trying not to create the post from hell (length wise).

I suppose I thought that by making it clear that the story was debunked and putting that link before posting the "tale" and the photos that it was sufficient. Most people click on the links.

Bottom line - I think the photos are cute. I wasn't trying to start a discussion about the questionable practices of the place that put on the show. Do I think it's slightly abhorrent on its face? Yes. But I refuse to spend 100% of my time being outraged over everything. It's tiring; it's tedious; and it makes a person extremely dull.




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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:12 PM
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5. I've seen these before (as you mentioned) but the photos still squeeze my wee little heart
and make me cry. They are wonderful - the photos of her guarding/walking behind/standing over her piglets just are amazing. And what a beautiful creature she is. I realize I'd probably get my head bitten off, but I would love to be able to touch that cat, just once, look closely at her feet, her belly, her ears....
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:23 PM
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6. Definitely a great animal story
But that tiger has got to be wondering...I had three but I've not got FIVE?????
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FedUpWithIt All Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:26 PM
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7. Today is my daughter's 9th birthday. Our plans for today were canceled
due to the lovely blizzard that has been raging for nearly a day.

Your timing on these pics was wonderful. My Lauren's only desire in life is to "live among the tigers".

I truly believe she was born to help save them.

Thank you :hi:

>>>off to print out cute tiger and piglet pictures<<<
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:24 PM
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9. Happy birthday to Lauren!
My son turned 28 yesterday!
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 12:01 AM
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15. I understand your daughter's desire very much. I have said for years that, if there
is such a thing as heaven, it would be for me a place where I can be among animals without fear of being hurt. It would be a place where I could freely communicate and interact with them as equals. And I've always put tigers on the top of my list.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 07:43 PM
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11. Oh thank you thank you!
I'm glad you did it. What adorable pics..I was in the mood for just exactly this kind of gentle silliness!
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:13 PM
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12. You and me both, annabanana!
Glad they could bring a bit of sunshine for you - I know they did for me! :)
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:15 PM
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13. If it's true that she was hurting and that someone had this idea to take care of her
then I salute whoever did so. If it's just pigs with a tiger, it's still interesting :)
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:59 PM
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14. Holy... Oh.. I just can't...
Those pictures make me want to just curl up and die from love. I read the real story and it is a bit disheartening, but geez louise those pictures are cute. I just love tigers so much it makes my chest hurt. I love them, love them, love the.
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