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updated 3/9/2004 3:53:27 PM ET 2004-03-09T20:53:27

You may not expect a tiger, a pig, and two dogs to serve as a model of domestic tranquility, but that's exactly what's happening at a zoo in Thailand.

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Slideshow: Animals Live In Domestic Tranquility

For the past three months, thousands of guests have been drawn to the zoo's "Happy Family" exhibit featuring Saimai, a five-month-old tiger, and her constant companions, Lucy the pig and Ko and Nong Prae, two Labrador Retrievers.

All four of the animals have been living together since they were young.

Zoo-keepers say the dogs used to bully the tiger cub, but since she's gotten bigger the tables have turned.

There are more mixed families on the way. Two tiger cubs recently abandoned by their mother are now being raised as part of a sow's litter at the zoo.

The cubs, Belle and Mink, have adjusted to the sow's milk and are said to be doing quite well.

Zoo officials say they've been using similar techniques to save abandoned animals for years.

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