Golden Retriever Mom to White Tigers

Isabella, the Golden Retriever, was a substitute mom to three white tiger cubs in July, 2008. She had just recently weened a litter of pups at the Safari Zoological Park, a private zoo in Caney, Kansas.

The mother tiger stopped caring for her cubs.  Tom Harvey, Safari Zoological Park owner, said the cubs were wandering around, trying to find their birth mother, who wouldn’t pay attention to them. That’s when the cubs were put in the care of a golden retriever, Harvey said.

Puppies take about the same amount of time as tiger cubs to develop, and Harvey said the adoptive mother just recently weaned her own puppies.

“The timing couldn’t have been any better,” he said.

The mother doesn’t know the difference, Harvey said, and the adopted mother licks, cleans and feeds the cubs.


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