Saturday, April 14, 2007

Tiger Cares for Piglets and Vice-Versa

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand is famous for their unique attractions, fun shows, and the ability for tourists to get close to (and often touch) the tigers. However, the most famous attraction is the couplings of pigs and tigers:



These pictures show two year old Saimai, a Royal Bengal tigress, with the six piglets she is raising.



The tiger doesn’t seem to mind the unclothed piglets, so I’m guessing the costumes were just meant to put on a cute show for the tourists. Either that or she ate the first set of tiger-clad piglets and the zoo hasn’t had time to create new outfits.




While the zoo and all press materials claim the pairings are completely benevolent, I personally wonder if Saimai just views her pig-raising duties as a long “getting ready for dinner” ritual.



Fittingly, Saimai herself was cared for and nursed by a pig:

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