Chimp Mothers Tiger Cubs


When two white tiger cubs, Mitra and Shiva, were born during Hurricane Hannah, they had to be separated from their mother after their sanctuary flooded.

Fortunately, they found a pair of surrogate mothers to care for them: Keeper China York and chimpanzee Anjana.

The two-year-old chimp Anjana has been helping keeper York care for two rare white tiger cubs at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina. The cubs are nearly inseparable from their new mother figures.

In fact, Anjana is nearly inseparable from York. She’s been with her since birth, and has joined her in caring for an raising baby animals. Consequently, Anjana copies York’s nurturing behaviors.

‘She has raised leopards, lions, orangutans,’ said Dr Bhagavan, founder of TIGERS. ‘Monkey see as monkey do, and she has taken on this copycat personality and helps China raise the animals.

‘She has just finished raising four lions and they were inseparable. She is a great assistant.’

The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species is a wildlife education organization, dedicated to promoting global conservation with informative, educational and entertaining interactive programs.


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