Modern male single parent tiger bringing up cubs

  • metta

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    Jun 21, 2012 5:37 PM GMT

    Modern male single parent tiger bringing up cubs

    "Here was their father, the dominant male of the area, out on his regular territorial walk with his own small orphaned cubs. Nothing like this had ever been recorded before. A male tiger, taking on a mother's role - and from such a tender age.

    The male tiger, known as Dollar (called because of the dollar shape stripes on his right flank), is often seen hunting and allowing his daughters to eat from his kill, not merely protecting them from other tigers, which is usually the father's only job. Those who have been privileged enough to spot this family have seen the cubs nuzzle a sleeping father who would lift his paw and ‘pat' the cub down near him, in the manner of mother. Recently Dollar come out from the bush, cubs in tow patrolling his territory, spray-marking trees, rolling in the scent left by him or scalding the wrong-doings of his daughters."
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    Jun 21, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    Cute story! But I have to admit that I totally read this wrong at first. I was giggling at the thought of some guy raising "cubs".

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    Jun 21, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    This is so cool. A male tiger taking care of its offspring is virtually unheard of.... or so I thought.