In the wake of the horrific slaughter of so many animals in Ohio, including a large number of magnificent endangered Bengal Tigers, I wanted to feature some images of a side of animals that isn't always known. The first picture below and the commentary that accompanies it, was featured on a friend's Facebook page and gave me the idea, particularly as the subject is herself a bereaved tiger who found consolation and renewed purpose by adopting across species lines.
A mother tiger lost her cubs due to premature labor. Shortly after, she became depressed and her health declined. She was later diagnosed with depression. Since tigers are endangered, every effort was made to secure her health. Zoologists wrapped piglets up in tiger-print cloth, and presented them to the mother tiger. She now loves these piglets and treats them like her own. And needless to mention, her health is back on track.
By: Cecy Zamudio via Mark Huffaker
It may not come as a surprise that primates, our closest animal relatives, can develop close relationships with other animals, but these are lovely moments: