Sai Mai, a Royal Bengali tigress born in captivity at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo 50 miles east of Bangkok, was breast-fed by a female pig for four months after her birth. Check out the zoo site for a thumbnail of a sow nursing a trio of tiger cubs. Did you know that grunting triggers release of the milk? So we were told by the supervisor of a provincial farm in Nova Scotia once upon a time, who informed us, when we asked, that "The pigs are in the piggery." We're wondering whether purring plays a similar role with cats? Our imail correspondent reports that for her as a new mother the triggering mechanism was a glass of wine. Thanks to blogfriend Amba of AmbivaBlog for finding the peaceable-kingdom story.
The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand "is trying to boost visitor numbers by teaching domestic animals such as pigs, and wild animals such as tigers, to live together in harmony from an early age," according to the Animal Liberation Front (ALF!). Kumbaya, anyone? It does make for fab photo ops (above) but doesn't prepare the piggies for real life. Let's hope they never have to fend for themselves beyond the protective bubble of their zoo enclosure. 'Reminds us of those overprotected persons of the left we wrote about yesterday who've spent so much time in their echo chambers of self-appointed elites inside the Beltway, in the Ivory Tower and in the MSM that they're unable to mount a serious challenge to the conservative opposition.
Having been breast-fed by her birth mother, Sweet Pea, through the golden days of an idyllic kittenhood -- her father Sluggo used to hang around with Mom, Uncle Bertie and the youngsters, Tiny and Baby, during lazy summer days on the terrace -- Tiny wouldn't dream of socializing with a mouse or vole or small bird or any species that are her natural prey.
Then, too, even miniature tigers like Tiny and Baby have been known to make mistakes, as we were just telling Ann Althouse today in the comments to her post "Cat bite," where she writes "I recommend not trusting cats, even if you know them, even if they sprawl at your feet in the pet-me-please-pet-me posture." Speaking from experience, we suggested she "trust but verify." We would offer the same advice to those cute little pigs in the Sriracha Zoo.
Update: Like the folks at the Sriracha Zoo, Steve at Modulator is trying to boost visitor numbers by teaching animals of every stripe to live together in harmony at the 92nd Friday Ark.