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24/12/2013 06:36 GMT | Updated 24/12/2013 06:39 GMT

Siberian Tiger Cubs Suckled By Surrogate Dog Alongside Her Own Puppies (PICTURES)

Time to melt that cold, dead heart of yours…

These six-week-old Siberian tiger cubs got off to a bumpy start in life after their mother turned her back on them, following their birth at China’s Hangzhou Zoo.

But help arrived in the form of one very generous surrogate mother – a dog from a nearby village.

dog feeds tiger cubs

The tiger cubs and puppies jostle for space

The hound, which had just had her own litter of pups was quite happy to share her milk with the little big cats, ensuring a happy ending for all AND evidence that the species can peacefully coexist.

Merry Christmas!

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