I want a tiger pig!
These pictures are actually for real (no photoshopping). They were forwarded to me with this story:
“In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of tri plet 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 rightage 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?“
Since I’m one of those, “don’t believe everything you hear” types of people, I did some snooping and found out that the pictures of the piglets dresses up in tiger stripes, hanging out with a grown tiger, ARE actually real, but the story behind it is not.
The tiger/pig pictures above were taken at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand where, unlike most zoos, it offers circus-like features such as the mixture of adult animals and the young of very different species in the same enclosure.
More info on the tiger pigs at Snopes.com.