Thursday, September 09, 2004

Tiger and piglets


84 comments:

Richard said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwww

Dustin said...

Awwwwwww

Mr Dan said...

Ewwww...i mean...awwwwwwwwwwwwwww

wrightbyname said...

Kill it! Kill it hard!

Care said...

How adorable! :D I just want that tiger to wake up and realize there's some live prey in it's cave, though.

Rob said...

Wow, that's not really a photoshop job, is it?

Some people are so gullible

jack said...

wonderful. i'm melting on the inside.

KarbonKountyMoos said...

okay - what's up with the striped vests?!

Jeff said...

Nice trick photo

Nads said...

Hey!! Tiger! No, wait! I think that's Piglet!
Now what do you suppose happened to E-aw and Pooh?? 8-(

TheRuss said...

It's REAL!
http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/pattaya_ad/tiger_zoo/tiger_zoo.html

CodyCat said...

Now THAT is some Picnic!! Poor Pooh,he's missing this!!

gloria said...

their tiger suits are the best!

tarheels rok mi sox said...

this makes me squeak, it's soo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

horse lover said...
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horse lover said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww... how adorable!

lorrie said...

this shows that there can be pieace in world if we choose

horse lover said...

hey, lorrie, when did u join?

horse lover said...

sorry,lorrie. that was so random of me. sssssooooorrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy!

horse lover said...

gotta run. bye!

horse lover said...

whaddup, peeps?!

trish said...

Pig in a blanket

Sydney said...

Aww I wanna eat them up!

Donna Grayson said...

Such a nice Tiger. And the piglets are very trusting

Randwolfe said...

Ever watch "SNL" and the character "Debbie Downer?" I hate to be Debbie, but I think those are dead pigs that somebody at the zoo or habitat decided to use for a hoax. I hope I'm wrong, but the piglets look corpselike. And piglets are used for Tiger feed. Believe me, I'm the first one who wants to say "awwwwww" but I have a funny feeling about this one. On the other hand, I've seen some amazing animal combinations. I just wish the piggys didn't look so limp.

Esther said...

The piggies may look limp, randwolfe but notice the tiger isn't exactly looking lively either! lol

gwflutes@gmail.com said...

I thought maybe they were dead pigs but then i realized how hard it would be to place dead pigs on top of a live tiger and get away with it.

clandis said...

Now this is funny ;)

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Hannah said...

Is that tiger sedated? Poor thing should be running around wherever it is that tigers are supposed to live.

Kara Lennox said...

Well, see, Hannah, that's the problem. Tigers' habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate. Unless things change drastically, pretty soon the ONLY place anyone will see tigers is in captivity. But perhaps breeding them in captivity is better than letting them go extinct.

Kara Lennox said...

Maybe the tiger is nearsighted ...

Anonymous said...

http://www.animalliberationfront.com/News/AnimalPhotos/Animals_1-10/Tiger_piglets.htm

It's real.

Anonymous said...

i love piglets I want one soooooooooooooooooo bad.

Kaitlyn said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWI love the piglets

pigie lover!!! said...

this soooo cute this tiger must be pretty nice to let their prey sit on their back like that ( i hope they dont get eaten, pigs are my favorite animal!!!)

nana said...

What I see is a very contented surrogate mama!!

Nanny said...

That is so awesome. I just love tigers.

Anonymous said...

http://www.awionline.org/pubs/quarterly/05_54_1/541p1011.htm

Here's another link with some (disturbing, if accurate) info behind the pictures.

Anonymous said...

In the top photo, look at the edges of the piglets. Looks Photoshopped to me.

Also, supposedly this tiger is feeding these piglets. You can see the tiger's belly in the top photo, and this is clearly not a lactating tiger.

Anonymous said...

The picture is quite real. The story behind it isn't, however. This zoo in Thailand has been interchanging tiger cubs and piglets since before 1997. The milk from the sow is said to make the tiger cubs healthier, and the interaction between species apparently has a calming effect on both the tigers and the pigs. You can read about the practice here:
http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v27/i3/together.asp

Anonymous said...

This should answer all your questions:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.pattayamail.com/510/features.shtml%23hd2

Summer said...

They are real alright I have seen pics of the tiger walking around with the piglets on another site, they are not dead, animals in captivity are different then wild animals, my rotti loves my cat and that is unusual to see a rottweiler kissing a cat.

Summer said...

They are real alright I have seen pics of the tiger walking around with the piglets on another site, they are not dead, animals in captivity are different then wild animals, my rotti loves my cat and that is unusual to see a rottweiler kissing a cat.

Anonymous said...

unfortunately, it's real. Sriracha zoo in Thailand. They were closed down temporarily in 2004 for allegedly breeding tigers for commercial export. There's a black market in China for tiger parts. During that time, more than 80 tigers died of the avian flu, as they were fed chicken carcasses. These photos depict their attempts 'domesticate' tigers to enough of a degree that they will tolerate the humiliating demand to entertain people. Sad, really.

Anonymous said...

unfortunately, it's real. Sriracha zoo in Thailand. They were closed down temporarily in 2004 for allegedly breeding tigers for commercial export. There's a black market in China for tiger parts. During that time, more than 80 tigers died of the avian flu, as they were fed chicken carcasses. These photos depict their attempts 'domesticate' tigers to enough of a degree that they will tolerate the humiliating demand to entertain people. Sad, really.

Anonymous said...

Check out this website about this photo. It's www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp. It tells the REAL story about this picture.

Anonymous said...

This email forward arrives with photographs of a mother tiger suckling several piglets cutely clad in "tiger" suits. The message claims that veterinarians at a Californian zoo introduced the disguised piglets to the mother tiger in an effort to alleviate her depression after she lost her real cubs. The photographs are genuine. However, the explanation is a work of fiction.

The photographs were actually taken at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand and not in California. The zoo is renowned for its rather bizarre cross-species displays. According to a 2004 article in the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) Quarterly:

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo, an hour outside of Bangkok, Thailand, is truly an amazing place. Boasting more than 400 tigers, a handful of Asian elephants, piles of crocodiles, camels, snakes and other exotic animals, the zoo has some intriguing, yet troubling exhibits.

In one glass room, a farrowing crate entombed a pig who, lying on her side, nourished both her piglets and tiger cubs. Across the hall, another glass room housed a female tiger, who fed piglets adorned in tiger-print costumes. This incongruous display was replicated elsewhere, where enclosures housed tigers, pigs, and dogs together.

The zoo features a tiger circus and a variety of displays and shows designed to entertain guests, including crocodile and elephant shows, pig racing, "the genius pig that can calculate in 5 languages" and "Scorpion Queen, the girl with over 100 scorpions on her body". In spite of the claims in the email forward, the tiger suited piglets were not given to a grieving mother tiger to help her depression. Instead, they represent a callous manipulation of animals for the gratification of their human visitors.

Other photographs show the piglets interacting with a tiger without their "tiger" disguises, so the tiger suits are clearly to increase the entertainment value of the display and are not really required. Photographs also depict a mother pig returning the "favour" by suckling tiger cubs.

It seems apparent that the author of this email forward has simply invented a touching story to suit a set of rather intriguing images. The photographs are certainly interesting. However, they do not depict an act of kindness by concerned humans intent on helping an animal in distress as implied in the message. Instead, they exemplify out unfortunate willingness to exploit our fellow creatures for our own selfish purposes.

Anonymous said...

Someone didn't think their plan all the way through.

Anonymous said...

This tiger piglet combo actually lives in a zoo/circus in Bangkok. It's part of the "attraction". Both tiger and piglets ARE alive, but the tiger (as a cub) was nursed by a pig. They are "friends" and if you look around on the web you can find more photos of them playing together. Apparently this zoo/circus in Bangkok has become very successful for its strange match-making abilities.

Anonymous said...

for the real story behind these pictures go to:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp

What people will do to make a buck.

Anonymous said...

I think this is so funny, how the pigs are dressed, its genius.

Anonymous said...

here is the real story. still nice, interesting, but different, and potentially problematic. but yes - they are all alive and do get along.

Anonymous said...

oops - i forgot to put the link. always helpful to look up what are hoaxes and what are real

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp

Grixon said...

3 days after the first picture .... The remaining 2 poor piglets queueing for tiger`s fourth and fifth days meal.

flaxwax said...

I want one of those piggy vest for my doggy.

Louloubelle said...

These photos are not a hoax biut the pictures are not as lovely and charming as you think

These tigers are taken from their mothers and reared by pigs which is why they are so pig friendly

They are exhibited at a Thai animal entertainment centre where the life expectancy of the tigers is very short. The animals are not treated well and they are exploited for entertainment and not for conservation.

You can read a full damning report here
http://www.bornfree.org.uk/zoocheck/zcnews040501.shtml

Personally I think these photos are out of place on this otherwise chariming blog

Sherri & Mark said...

Pretty amazing

Anonymous said...

While this picture is very cute...let's be realistic. Those piglets look like they are wearing tiger fur and we all know tigers are on the endangered species list and have been for quite some time due to poaching, human encroachment on habitat etc, etc.
SHAME!!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp

Anonymous said...

This is safari world in Thailand, and is one of the most notorious well known animal rights violators internationally.

Anonymous said...

Heya i love this picture but what happens if one of those stripe outfits falls off?? Bacon anyone?

Anonymous said...

Whew!!! i have been seeking for such a vest for a long time. Where did they bought them????

Anonymous said...

that is so cute i luv the piggys

rosy said...

top photo and very clever whoever thought of the 'tiger suits', yep absolutely believe it's real - this sort of thing has been done before to foster babies on some VERY strange mum

hotty8629 said...

awwwwwwwwwwww so cte

Reena said...

good they all are sleeping

Ari said...

Cute! WHo woulda thunk? Wrightbyname, whoever that is, is so evil! Poor little piggies! Don't kill it!
Rob, so what if it's a photoshop job? It's adorable!

alicia said...

awesome buddy. so cute i just love it.

Tout Nom said...

very charming

Michelle said...

omg that is so cute. awwwwwwww

Sohani said...

Is that tiger unconscious??

D said...

wooowwwww!!!!!!!! this is sooooooo sweeeeeeeeet.
hope its real , its really great.

Divia said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww mannnnnn that's soooooooooooo sweettttttttttttttt. Simply adorable.

Chris said...

interesting, the tiger just thinks that those are her/his own kind cuz of the same fur pattern on the piglets?

Awakened 0ne said...

The tiger vests hahahaha. To maintain the illusion otherwise they might end up as dinner. I love tigers.

Pedro O'Reilly said...

It's a boring photo.
It looks so sedate, whatever the deal behind it is.
Show me a Tiger walking around a circus ring with piglets on his back, dressed as cops.
You guys need to get out more. Start with the next room, tomorrow go to the park, feed the ducks. There's no need to be anonymous.

whatdefuck said...

whad up a..............

ashki said...

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww that look real is it.

Anonymous said...

what's up with the dress code!!?

Sham said...

There's a pic of tiger cubs looking with marvel at a bunch of chicks that wandered into their cage in Singapore Zoo, I think. You must get that!

yoz said...

they dressed the piglets so the tiger don't eat them. :))

Jimmy said...

It's real and i've been to the zoo. They have a really cool Tiger show there too. They have tigers walking on hind legs and everything. It's awesome. Oh and forgive me if i don't QUITE buy all the links to the websites run by animal rights yahoos. Your most beloved housepet is "abused" in their eyes.

Anonymous said...

yep those pigs must be wearing capes