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A Dog Helps ‘Mother’ Two Abandoned Tiger Cubs

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Safaripark Stukenbrock

A male dog at a German zoo is providing lots of cuddles and snuggles to two cubs rejected by their mother.

Named Leon, the dog has been a sort of surrogate mother to two Bengal tiger cub twins ever since their mother abandoned them shortly after birth. The 1-month old babies, named Peach and Pearl, have been living with the zookeeper Jeannette Wurm and her dog Leon in the keeper’s home, located on the Safaripark Stukenbrock premise.

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Leon has been entertaining the cubs, along with teaching them manners and behavioral lessons, all important to the cubs’ development.

“The hope [is] that these two white tiger babies will become two queens of the jungle,” a message on the site translated says. “Now the little tigers are lovingly hand-fed, cuddled and massaged.”

Related: Dog Steps Up as Surrogate Parent to Orphaned Cheetahs

Leon is not only responsible for these cubs but his other job includes taking care of the zoo’s “small predators.”

Here is the adorable video of Leon, Peach and Pearl bonding.

By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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