Cleopatra nurses Siberian tiger cubs

2012-06-07 16:40

Moscow - Two Siberian tiger cubs abandoned in Russia by their mother have found an unusual wet nurse - a wrinkled, sand-coloured Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra.

The cubs were born late in May in a zoo at the Oktyabrsky health resort in the Black Sea city of Sochi.

Assistant director of the Zoo, Viktoria Kudlayeva, said on Wednesday that the dog has been cleaning the cubs, and feeding them as if they were her own.

The cubs - named Clyopa, after their adopted mother, and Plyusha - are also being fed goat's milk.

Fewer than 400 Siberian tigers - also known as Ussuri, Amur or Manchurian tigers - have survived in the wild, most of them in Russia's Far East.