A dog at a Russian zoo has adopted three tiger cubs after their mother deserted them.
The tiger cubs—two male and one female—were born on Nov. 14 at Oktyabrsky Zoo in Sochi and soon abandoned by their mother, Bagira, who had done the same thing with another litter earlier this year.
Zoo officials posted an ad online seeking a temporary tiger mom, but a white Swiss shepherd named Tallim was chosen to fill the surrogate role.
The tiger cubs initially resisted the setup, baring their claws and hissing at Tallim, according to London's Telegraph. But the pooch eventually won them over, "lavishing her new brood with attention and nudging them playfully."