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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

An Attitude Adjustment

After being such a wuss earlier this afternoon with my "tired of winter already" attitude, I ran across this, I had seen it before, but today it gave me a whole new look at the day. You've probably seen these before, I had, but it is beautiful!

In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.

The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment.

Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?

Now, please tell me one more time...

Why can't the rest of the world get along?

'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,

it's about learning to dance in the rain.'

I'm practicing now!


storyteller's other blog said...

Aw ... this is too wonderful for words and exactly the kind of example to remind us of what's possible. Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Lilly's Life said...

Aww Sylvia - that is so beautiful. Loved it. You dance away girl and I'll be doing the same thing over this side fo the world!!!

Shimmerrings said...

Sylvia, this is so sweeeeet! I've recently found myself nosing around in all sorts of photos and video clips of animals, because they are so amazing, and with such an innate ability to love and nurture that which is not of their own. There is so much we could learn from them, if we weren't so busy trying to be superior to them. I loved the story Maithri posted about the cats and the baby, that was really cool. I love animals. They make me smile, they make me laugh, they make me feel warm inside, when I'm feeling rather cold.

I love your blog, I took a look around. Thanks for dropping by my place, I left you a comment there. I like what you said, here, about dancing in the rain. I have this little sun catcher that is an umbrella and it is full of little crystals that glimmer in the sun... I bought it so that I would remember to dance and sing in the rain!

Peace to you!

ugich konitari said...

is has to be the best thing I have read moving into 2009. Thank you for posting such a wonderful story....

~PakKaramu~ said...

Happy 09

Shimmerrings said...

p.s. I was surprised to hear the music on your player. I love Mahler! I can never get away with listening to his music, though, because no one else can seem to tolerate it, around me. It reminds me of the old black and white movies. Thanks for this, I'll have to see if I can find some of that music for my player, too :)

magiceye said...

we have so much to learn from animals!

Heres hoping you and yours have a super 2009!!

Rain said...

That is so cute. We have done that with our cattle many times when a cow loses her calf, we buy one from a dairy, skin the dead one, using that get the mother to accept the new one as hers. Cross species though is very special. Cats and dogs will do this too without the skinning even. A feel good story

Mare said...

At first I thought your animal surrogate clip was going to be the one that I saw on the Today Show. A golden retriever nursed triplet cubs [in the large cat family.] It was so inspiring. Thanks for sharing another wonderful Mother Nature story that warms the heart.

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