Animals are great in that sometimes they help each other out, despite the fact that in different circumstances, they would be at each other’s throats. Take for example this Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, who was enlisted to help nurse a couple of orphaned tiger cubs at a zoo in Sochi, Russia.
“[Cleo] accepted them right away,” said zoo handlers. “She’s cleaning them and breastfeeding them as if they were her own. And they also sleep together.” The cubs are named Clyopa and Plyusha, and have thus far been non-aggressive to Cleo, probably because they rely on her for feeding.
The cubs are two of fewer than 400 known Siberian tigers left in Russia’s wild. [MSNBC]