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The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand is famous for their unique attractions, fun shows, and the ability for tourists to get close to (and often touch) the tigers. However, the most famous attraction is the couplings of pigs and tigers:

Tiger and Pigs

These pictures show two year old Saimai, a Royal Bengal tigress, with the six piglets she is raising.

Tiger and Piglets Playing

The tiger doesn’t seem to mind the unclothed piglets, so I’m guessing the costumes were just meant to put on a cute show for the tourists. Either that or she ate the first set of tiger-clad piglets and the zoo hasn’t had time to create new outfits.

Cute tiger and a pig with a bow

While the zoo and all press materials claim the pairings are completely benevolent, I personally wonder if Saimai just views her pig-raising duties as a long “getting ready for dinner” ritual.

Two pictures of tiger and pig

Fittingly, Saimai herself was cared for and nursed by a pig:

Sow nurses pigs and tigers

Thanks Renee!

167 Responses to “Tiger Cares for Piglets and Vice-Versa”

  1. on 09 Jun 2010 at 7:35 pm tiger & pig lover

    That is so cute!!!!!!!!!!The mighty beast has a heart!

  2. on 12 Jun 2010 at 11:02 pm ice

    where’s pooh bear and eeyore?
    lol. jk

  3. on 13 Jun 2010 at 4:14 pm Tania

    Ok this is really bothering me, people keep saying this is cruel, against nature, whatever, you guys just need to shut up. How can a tiger taking care of those baby piglets be cruel? And if it was against nature wouldn’t you think this wouldn’t have happened in the first place???
    Also some people are talking about “this isn’t the natural food chain” well too bad! the tiger and the cute piggies don’t know the so called natural order of things that we created anyway. So leave the tiger and piggy alone they seem happy so are you saying they can’t be happy?! Are you??!!

  4. on 15 Jun 2010 at 5:54 pm pundia hamala

    all of you can get sum cause bangel tigers are my favourite and i actually own one me and my dad both got our tiger lisences so ha get to my level

  5. on 29 Jun 2010 at 4:15 pm tiger

    i like all animals, like tigers. i also love pigs so i would want to see that, but the pigs are probably in danger.

  6. on 16 Aug 2010 at 3:11 pm emiiiii

    so cute!!!!! <3

  7. on 18 Aug 2010 at 6:07 pm jack reader

    I dont think this is cruel at all, the tiger knows that these are just babies and are motherless. The tiger is childless and she seems to feel the gap with these piglets. As they say some people are raisedby animals in the wild its the same thing here. The mother is protecting who she believes are her children. You cant take that away from her, shes just doing what any mother would, like adopting. Humans and animals arnt much different, except some are scum and abuse children, you hear bout parents abusing their children for no reason, you dont see an animal do that for no reaoson!

  8. on 20 Aug 2010 at 5:58 am rosio:


  9. on 07 Sep 2010 at 1:18 pm tigger321

    Look guys it isnt cruel !!! First of all the little piglets would most likely be taken away if the mother was agressive to them the owners would not legally be able to leave them with the mother if she got a bit peckish ……she would be fed so her instincts wouldnt be focused on making the kill letting her care for the pigs ………. also if you notice the baby tigers feeding on the mummy pig there is a metal bar stopping them from getting to her and it is very likely that once they can care for themselves they would be taken away its just the nutrients in the milk !!!

  10. on 08 Sep 2010 at 9:26 am Jean Duchnock

    troooooooooo chou !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. on 08 Sep 2010 at 9:28 am Salut bg

    I love you

  12. on 21 Sep 2010 at 1:27 am Shyamal Majumder

    Nature is misterious. Natural elements are more misterios than the neture itself.

  13. on 31 Oct 2010 at 9:35 am NatalieB

    cute but wierd!!
    i made a joke 😛 its kinda cruel but DONT say its not funny!! xD
    Tiger Mum : Hello Sweetie, i heared that you have babies!!!
    Tiger piggy mum : Yes, they are so tasty! one day i will have them on lunch! :) When these people wont see OFCORSE!!!
    Tiger mum : What??? What you mean “They are so tasty”???
    Tiger piggy mum : My babies are Pigglets!! if they get the influenza, i will send you them so you can feed them to ur babies ok?
    Tiger mum : Prrrr. Ok Ok


  14. on 01 Nov 2010 at 1:44 am Dingus dog

    Isn’t the real question whether the tiger is kosher now?

  15. on 07 Nov 2010 at 1:30 pm amy

    ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! il son chou mais povre tigre elle â perdue ses bébé.

  16. on 07 Nov 2010 at 1:31 pm victoto

    ta raison vraiment trop cute!!! jte di lala…… povre eux

  17. on 23 Nov 2010 at 1:49 am Seliny19

    Personally I don’t think it’s cruel. A little odd yea. Adorable yes. Wrong no. Think of it THIS way. If prey and predator animals can coexist like this and get along and even build maternal and loving bonds between each other… WHY CAN’T HUMANS?!

    We humans squabble and fight over everything and can never get along with each other – OUR OWN SPECIES. Whereas I’ve seen animals from many different species and genuses get along just fine and coexist in perfect harmony. I’ve seen a dog, cat, and rat live together happily. When those three are seen as natural enemies.

    If an animal a creature lesser then us intelligent wise can adopt and love a predator or prey species why can’t we? I can’t count the amount of times I’ve heard people express disgust at the thought of adopting a child from another race. And they always give petty stupid excuses just like for the tiger and the piglets. Yea they are a predator and prey species which shouldn’t mix right? BUT THEY OBVIOUSLY WERE ABLE TO. If animals are capable of showing unbiased love to different species and get along and accept it as their own. Why can’t we? Love is the most important thing in parenthood. No matter what color or species an animal or human child is. As long as they are with a parent who loves and cares for them more then anything above all else who cares? I’m happy to see this Tiger Momma and her baby piggies!

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