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Puppy love: Abandoned lion, tiger and hyena cubs are reared by golden retriever at a Chinese zoo

Puppy love: lion, tiger and hyena cubs are reared by a golden retriever at a Chinese zoo after their own mothers abandoned them

  • Beijing Wildlife Park introduced the cubs to the dog and her puppies after their own mothers rejected them
  • An unlikely friendship flourished between the cubs and the puppies as they grow up with each other 
  • Footage and images of the baby animals playing together have been melting hearts of visitors and net users

An unlikely friendship flourished among tigers, hyenas and a lion after they were introduced to a dog and her puppies at a zoo in China.

Beijing Wildlife Park put the cubs – including two Siberian tigers, two spotted hyenas, a white tiger and an African lion – to nurse with the golden retriever after they were abandoned by their own mothers.

Footage and images of the adorable baby animals playing with each other in their enclosure were released on Thursday, melting hearts across the internet.

A white tiger, abandoned by its mother, plays with a Golden Retriever puppy next to an African lion at Beijing Wildlife Park

The two-month-old white tiger was abandoned by its own mother and was rescued by the Chinese zoo

The two-month-old white tiger was abandoned by its own mother and was rescued by the Chinese zoo

The unlikely friendship flourished among the tigers, hyenas and a lion after they were introduced to a dog and her puppies

The unlikely friendship flourished among the tigers, hyenas and a lion after they were introduced to a dog and her puppies

Wang Shuo, an animal nursery worker at the zoo, said the white tiger cub was the first abandoned baby to get milk from the dog.

‘Soon after, we had a Siberian tiger, an African lion and spotted hyenas come one after another and formed this strange combination,’ he said. 

The cubs have grown up together and have become close, according to China News.  

Video of the young step-siblings shows the restless white tiger and lion jumping and running around the enclosure, pushing over the puppies while another clip shows them fighting over their mother’s milk.

Visitors to the Beijing Wildlife Park have been enchanted by the sight of the cubs frolicking with the puppies.

‘I think it’s incredible,’ said Meng Ying, a 28-year-old accountant visiting the park.

‘I thought if these animals lived together there would be bloody scenes but as we can see, they’re playing and growing together in harmony.’

Visitors to the Beijing Wildlife Park have been enchanted by the sight of the cubs frolicking with the puppies

Visitors to the Beijing Wildlife Park have been enchanted by the sight of the cubs frolicking with the puppies

Wang Shuo, an animal nursery worker at the zoo, said the white tiger cub was the first baby to get milk from the dog

Wang Shuo, an animal nursery worker at the zoo, said the white tiger cub was the first baby to get milk from the dog

Then a Siberian tiger, an African lion and spotted hyenas arrived later and 'formed this strange combination', Wang said

Then a Siberian tiger, an African lion and spotted hyenas arrived later and ‘formed this strange combination’, Wang said

Footage and images of the baby animals playing together in the enclosure have been melting hearts of visitors and net users

Footage and images of the baby animals playing together in the enclosure have been melting hearts of visitors and net users

Visitors at the park said they did not expect that the wild baby animals could be living with each other in harmony

Visitors at the park said they did not expect that the wild baby animals could be living with each other in harmony

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