Tiger Caring for Piglets in Tiger Skins-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: |
Several pictures of an adult
tiger seeming to be mothering some piglets wrapped in tiger skins.
The email says that the pictures are from a zoo in California where the
mother tiger had lost triplets and the grieving was so bad that it began
to affect her health. A search for surrogate cubs was fruitless so
the zoo decided to capitalize on one species sometimes rearing the young
of another species and brought in some orphaned piglets, wrapped them in
tiger skins, and accomplished a feat never seen in a zoo before.
One email refers to the tiger as "Mother of the Year."
The Truth: |
The pictures are not
from a zoo in California but the Sriracha Tiger
Zoo in Thailand, a popular attraction that boasts of 200 tigers, 100,000
crocodiles, trained pigs, elephants, and other animals. The zoo
features creative shows and displays of animals including these pictures
of an adult tiger with piglets dressed like tiger cubs. One of the
goals of the zoo is to demonstrate how animals of different species can
live peacefully together. One of the experiments was introducing
baby piglets to a mother tiger (who herself had been nursed by a pig)
and it worked. At one time the mother tiger nursing piglets was in
an enclosure next to an enclosure where a sow was nursing baby
tigers. The zoo says those cubs grew faster from the pig's
The story about the California zoo, the grieving mother tiger, and the
orphaned piglets is a hoax that somebody decided to attach to the
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to
a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in
the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny
size, they died shortly after birth.
The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to
decline in health,
although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss
of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The
doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's
cubs, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing
news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to
the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had
never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species
will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans that
could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers
and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around
the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?
Take a look...you won't believe your eyes
Now, please tell me one more time.........why can't
the world get along?.