Pug Nurses Tiger Cubs And Four Other Heartwarming Interspecies Adoptions

By Staff Reporter on June 18, 2013 4:47 PM EDT

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Two pugs nurse tiger cubs at the Oktyabrsky Health Resort in Russia. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A pair of pugs nurse tiger cubs at the Oktyabrsky Health Resort of Sochi city, located at western Russia along the Black Sea coast. Sadly, the tiger cubs have been abandoned by their mother.

The pair of motherly pugs seem like the perfect parents for the tiny little tiger cubs for now, but there will inevitably be the day when the cubs outgrow their foster parents.

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While the pugs are doing a remarkable job nursing the baby cubs, animal experts say the cubs will not receive proper nutrition from dog's milk as its composition is vastly different from cat's milk.

See the incredible photos of the pugs and the tiger cubs here!

A pug nursing baby tiger cubs isn't the first example of interspecies adoption.

Here are four other heartwarming, albeit strange examples of motherly love:

An earlier incident at the Oktyabrsky Zoo involved three tiger cubs, two boys and a girl, that were born on November 14. However, the cubs were soon abandoned by their mother Bagira, who also abandoned another litter earlier that year.

Thankfully, a precious Swiss shepherd "Tallim" filled in for the mother and cared for the three cubs. According to London's Telegraph, the three cubs did not accept Tallim at first as they hissed at the dog. Eventually, the Swiss shepherd won the cubs over with her affection.

While Bagira the tiger is a poor example of a parent, not all female tigers are cold hearted beasts. Tiger Sai Mai of the Sriracha Tiger Zoo adopted a litter of piglets. The 8-year-old Sai Mai looks happy as can be as her little piglets suckle her milk and climb all over her.

Next, Ruben Gaviria of Colombia rescued an injured squirrel that was discovered at a park in February 2010. Cats and squirrels don't often get along but, remarkably, Gaviria's cat Tita took the squirrel as her own and nursed it a few days later.

The oddest interspecies family of all goes to a giant male Aldabran tortoise and Owen, the baby hippopotamus, who lost her mother to a terrible Indian Ocean tsunami. Separated from its mother, baby hippo Owen and her "mother" tortoise became inseparable at Kenya's Mombasa Haller Park.

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