Shar Pei nurses tiger cubs in Russia, and more interspecies breastfeeding

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This was one of the first images I saw today: a Shar Pei in southern Russia doing a major solid for a tiger who could no longer produce milk. While nursing another species’ young is already altruistic, breastfeeding another species baby tigers is a ridiculous act of kindness. As far as I’m concerned, this Shar Pei is the Mother Theresa of dogs.

As it turns out (based on a couple Google and YouTube searches), of all the creatures in the animal kingdom, dogs are the most likely to lend a helping teet. Pigs are a distant second.

Here are a few prime examples.

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Shar Pei nurses tiger cubs in Russia, and more interspecies breastfeeding
A mutt in china breastfeeds two abandoned panda cubs and she looks pretty happy about it.
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Shar Pei nurses tiger cubs in Russia, and more interspecies breastfeeding
These baby tigers look like baby zebras. (Extra points?)
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Shar Pei nurses tiger cubs in Russia, and more interspecies breastfeeding
The animal version of the TIME cover.
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A knock-kneed fawn tries to get milk from a Boxer and it’s kind of awkward.

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Shar Pei nurses tiger cubs in Russia, and more interspecies breastfeeding
Ouch.