Video: Tiger cubs nursed by pig

updated 9/23/2008 2:15:17 PM ET 2008-09-23T18:15:17

It's not quite lions lying down with lambs but it's pretty close.

A pig at a farm in eastern Ukraine is nursing three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother.

Noviy Channel TV says the tigers were born last week at a zoo in Dnipropetrovsk, but their mother refused to care for them.

Zookeepers took the animals to a nearby farm where a sow had recently given birth to about a dozen piglets. The pig apparently had no objections when the tiger cubs were started nursing alongside the piglets.

Zoo director Yuriy Aksenych said in televised comments that the mother tiger appears to have lost its feral instincts after years in captivity.

Zoo officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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