Sunday, October 23, 2011

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:

Thanks for the feel-good animal pictures, especially as you said after the tragic news from Ohio.

Also, the New Yorker cover is brilliant and your comments are perfect. New spokesperson for the movement?
I'm so with you in all you say here - thank you!
Cute indeed, but real - how extraordinary! It does add some balm to the wound of all that unnecessary slaughter.

I do get so angry at the kneejerk they-don't-have-a-clue reaction to our own Occupy folk. They have many different claims, of course, but many are quite articulate - and outside St Paul's, with all the media present, seems a good play to disseminate them.
If you google "mother tiger and piglets", you will see that these photos are from a zoo near Bangkok, and that the zoo puts on all sorts of odd displays for ignorant and gullible people. The zoo may have been shut down by now.

The ridiculous story about the depressed, bereaved mother tiger was revealed as a hoax more than five years ago.
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