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