Two Siberian tiger cubs that were left behind by their mother in Russia have discovered an odd wet nurse in the form of Cleopatra, a wrinkled Shar Pei dog.
The cubs were born in a zoo at the Oktyabrsky health resort in Sochi, a city on the Black Sea, in late May.
According to zoo assistant director Viktoria Kudlayeva, the dog has been feeding and cleaning the cubs as if they were her own.
The cubs, Clyopa and Plyusha, are also being fed goat’s milk. Clyopa is named after their adopted mother.
Less than 400 wild Siberian tigers, also known as Ussuri, Amur, or Manchurian tigers, still exist today, the majority of them in Russia’s Far East.
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