An Australian Shepherd has stepped in to care for three Malayan tiger cubs that were ignored by their mom.
The cubs, which were born February 3, are being cared for by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s nursery staff, and now by their furry friend, Blakely, as well.
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Blakely provides snuggles and comfort and a body for the cubs to climb on, according to the zoo.
The pup is no newbie to this, however, as he has been a nanny to several other zoo animals, including cheetahs, wallabies, and warthogs.
“He’s more than just a large, warm pillow for the cubs. Blakely is the adult in the room,” said Dawn Strasser, head of Cincinnati Zoo’s nursery staff. “He teaches them proper tiger etiquette by checking them when they’re getting too rough or aggressive. This is something that their human surrogates can’t do.”
The cubs, …