CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo has called again on a canine to play the role of nanny for other animals’ babies.
The latest assignment for Blakely the Australian shepherd is to be a companion for three Malayan tiger cubs. Their mother’s maternal instincts didn’t kick in after their Feb. 3 birth, and zoo staffers have been caring for them.
The 6-year-old male dog provides snuggling, warmth and a climbable body.
The cubs are expected to move into the zoo’s Cat Canyon this summer.
Blakely has helped raise baby cheetahs, wallabies, bat-eared foxes, and an ocelot, among other young animals.