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Dog Adopts Zoo's Tiger Cubs

Golden retriever cleans and feeds rare white cubs abandoned by mom
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 12:21 PM CDT
Dog Adopts Zoo's Tiger Cubs
Golden Retriever Isabella nurses three white tiger cubs at the Safari Zoological Park, in Kansas.   (AP Photo/The Daily Reporter, Rob Morgan)

A golden retriever has adopted three white tiger cubs abandoned by their mother at a southeast Kansas zoo, the AP reports. The Safari Zoological Park's owner says the dog, who recently weaned her own puppies, licks, cleans, and feeds the days-old cubs as if they were her own.

"The timing couldn't have been any better," said the owner, who added that he got the golden retriever after his wife saw television stories of dogs caring for tiger cubs. The Safari Zoological Park specializes in endangered species. (More zoo stories.)

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