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By: Laura Moss on July 1, 2011, 9:37 a.m.
Tiger and piglets

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Pig in tiger's clothing

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand is famous for its unique attractions, but its most famous exhibit is its coupling of pigs and tigers. This Bengal tiger is nursing and raising six piglets as her own, but animal experts say the tiger-skin coats are unnecessary and just part of the show. In another part of the zoo, the tiger’s real cubs are being nursed by a pig. The zoo uses pig milk suckled directly from the sow to help the tigers grow faster. Although this setup isn’t harmful to the animals, Animal Welfare International has investigated the zoo and accused it of animal abuse and illegally breeding tigers.