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16 unlikely animal friendships

July 1, 2011, 9:37 a.m.
Dog and tiger cubs

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Taming the wild

Lisha, a South African Labrador, is world famous for her mothering skills even though she’s never raised any pups of her own. The dog, who lives at Oudtshoorn’s Cango Wildlife Ranch, has been a mom to a variety of orphaned wildlife, including cheetah and tiger cubs, potbelly pigs, a porcupine, a pygmy hippo, a weasel and a barn owl. Rob Hall, director of the wildlife refuge, says that Lisha domesticates the wild animals and serves as a bridge between them and humans. “They adjust more easily to her, and when they see that she trusts us, they are more at ease around us.”