Mother Tiger Nurses Piglets!

Tiger Piglets

Tiglets anyone?

Although this is not a recent story, it is a story that has weighed heavily on my mind for many months. It took me some time to recognize a few of the many messages easily overlooked. If one only recognized the story as just another happy ending news release much would be missed.
Sad TigerThe story goes like this; in late 2006, a mother tiger gave birth to rare triplet cubs. Evidently there were challenges with the pregnancy resulting in a premature delivery, low birth weights, and ultimately the very sad demise of all three cubs. The mother tiger, although physically fine, immediately began to fall into a state of depression and declining health. A call for help was sent out to many zoos in search of orphan tiger cubs that could be brought in as surrogate babies. Unfortunately, no orphan tiger cubs could be found.

Tiger Nurses Piglets
Tiger Nursing Pigs

Knowing that some mother animals will take on the orphan of another species, the veterinarians decided to take a risk and bring in the only babies immediately available, piglets! In spite of their natural predator to prey relationship the piglets, adorned in tiger striped pajamas, were immediately welcomed by the tiger nursing pigs mother tiger. As you can see from the photos the tiger is very engaged in the maternal experience and the piglet/tiglets are obviously quite content. What human would ever have thought we would live to see a piglet napping on a mother tiger?

As I thought about this heart warming and engaging story, I became aware of three complimentary messages God laid out through these animals. The first connects us with the team providing care to this mother tiger. Against “nature’s odds of success” they stepped up to the plate and took a seemingly hopeless situation and turned it around for good.
James 1:27, Expanded Bible (EXB) says; “Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans and widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence.” The team didn’t walk away from the situation leaving the tiger grieving and certain to die of a broken heart. They focused on caring for the mother tiger and took the risk of bringing in the piglets to soothe her.
Next we see the promise of Psalm 147:3 (NASB) “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” God provided the piglets to heal the mother tiger’s heart. To encourage the acceptance between the species, God even led the team to bind the piglets in tiger striped material to enhance their surrogate presentation!

Tiger Nurses Piglets
Tiger Piglets

Lastly we can see a fore shadow of the confirmation of words of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 11: 6-9 (NASB) regarding the return of Jesus. Just like the tiger and the piglets living in harmony, when He comes all adversity will cease between men and beasts!

“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. 7 Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. 9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

If we take the time to look at every situation God’s hand of direction and tiger piglets protection can be seen. Animals know God and do not question Him. Unfortunately most humans do question Him and depend on themselves for everything. God called us all to leave our selfish nature behind, to help meet the needs of the less fortunate, to reach out with kindness and love our neighbors regardless of their race, creed or religion. We need to trust in Him, not ourselves, to pay attention to all that is going on around us and He will show us solutions.
We can all take counsel from the writing of Job in chapter 12:7-10 ( NASB) “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”

Pastor Leslie Becker


Baby Moses the Elephant

Baby Moses Elephant


Baby Moses ElephantI love stories like this… mostly because of the very cute pictures. It is amazing how baby animals can adapt and become attached to whoever loves and cares for them. The baby elephant was named Moses because he was found among the grasses of a riverbed in the Vwazi Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi. The reserve rangers looked for days to find the elephant herd that the one month old baby belonged to. Unsuccessful in their search a woman named Jenny Webb and other wildlife reserve staff began to care for Moses and he soon became part of the family.
The article states:
Rangers tried to find his family herd for two days without success, said the 48-year-old Webb, adding that the calf’s mother was likely killed by elephant poachers. The illegal killing of elephants is rife in Africa, with conservation groups saying that tens of thousands of elephants are being killed each year for their ivory tusks.

Malawi’s national parks did not have the funds to raise the little elephant, so Webb, the founder of the Jumbo Foundation an orphanage for large animals, took on the job of caring for the little pachyderm.

Moses weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and each day he drinks 24 liters (6.3 gallons) of an infant formula that is boosted with coconut milk and 14 other ingredients.

“Elephants are extremely sensitive,” said Webb. “It amazed me. We think of elephants as big, strong creatures but they are very emotional. Moses picks up on my feelings. If I am sad, he is nurturing. If I am angry, he quickly gets upset.”

Moses Elephant
Baby Elephant Moses

I wonder what it is like watching an elephant grow from day to day. Each of the animals that we have and care for each has their own personalities… especially our horses. It would appear that elephants are no different.

Lion, Tiger & Bear : Unlikely Friends

lion tiger bear

lion tiger bear friendsRescued eight years ago during a police drug raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months old. They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons. Delivered to the Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust Grove, Georgia, the decision was made to keep the youngsters together, because of their budding rapport.

Bear Tiger Lion
Bear Lion Tiger

‘We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,’ said Diane Smith, assistant director of Noah’s Ark. To our knowledge, this is the only place lion tiger and bear where you’ll find this combination of animals together.’ Living with the zoo’s founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built habitat where the US public can now witness first hand their touching relationships. ‘We didn’t have the money to move them at first,’ said Diane. ‘Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away from the children’s zoo to areas where the public can really get a good look.

lion tiger and bear living togetherIt is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1000 lb bear, Shere Khan, a 350 lb tiger and Leo, who is also 350 lbs, messing around like brothers. ‘They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other circumstance they would not be friends.’
Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo’s owners and founders, the three friendly giants appear to have no comprehension of their animal differences.’Baloo and Shere Khan are very close,’ says Diane.’That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day sleeping. It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat.

Bear Lion Tiger
Lion Tiger Bear Friends

When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food.’ Surprisingly for three apex predators with the lion tiger and bear playing together power to kill with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other. ‘They eat, sleep and play together,’ said Jama. ‘As they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of each other for heat and simply for affection. At the moment they are getting used to their new habitat. Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo, the bear, is very good at leading him lion tiger bear friendship on and making him feel comfortable and safe.’ Explaining that the three ‘brothers’ have always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: ‘Noah’s Ark is their home and they could not possibly be separated from each other.
‘You just have to remember who you’re dealing with when you are with them, lion tiger bear though. It’s when you forget that these fellows are wild animals that you get yourself in trouble.’ The trio’s new habitat had to be constructed carefully, in order to accommodate its occupants. Jama said: ‘The clubhouse had to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it together,’She added: ‘We had to include a creek, because the tiger and the bear both like to be in water.’

Lion Tiger Bear Friends
Tiger Lion Bear


Orangutan and Hound Dog : Unlikely Friends

orangutan and hound dog

Since these two lost souls met they have been inseparable ever since!

Orangutan and the Hound
Roscoe and Suryia

They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

Orangutan and Hound
The Orangutan and Hound

They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Suryia (the Orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend the orangutan and the hound dog Roscoe’s (the Hound Dog) help to swim. Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship. They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.
Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!
Some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don’t touch the hearts of others while it lasts!
May you always have Love to Share, Health to Spare, And Friends who Care… even if they are a little hairy at times.


Tender Hands Heal the Hurting Heart of a Crying Baby Rhino

Orphaned Baby Rhino

A three-month-old rhino was brought to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centerrhino crying after being found next to his dead mother who had been tragically and brutally poached for her horn. It was a devastating sight, as the animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably.
Ultimately, they had to sedate the baby rhino to move him to the center, and with the help orphaned baby rhino of a gentle caretaker they were finally able to calm him. That caretaker sat on the ground holding in her lap the baby rhino’s head, stroking it to calm him. That gentle touch helped the baby to sleep, and eventually gain strength to eat.
This story of this baby rhino is a reminder about how much tender action and attitudes play in healing hurting hearts. Humans, in particular love to be loved. Harshness pains us, and even when we are healthy, un-gentleness touches the sensitive spirit like frost touches flowers. It stunts growth and damages. Gentleness helps all the delicate things in us to heal and grow.

Each day many people, like this baby rhino, have a great need for tenderness. No one knows the secret burdens many of those around us are carrying. Not all grief wears the outward garb of mourning; smiling faces quite often veil heavy hearts. Many people who make no audible appeal for help crave tenderness as they bend beneath heavy burdens.
Tenderness can seldom go wrong. There is no day when it will be untimely, and not a place where it will not be welcome. In a world that so quickly tears down, tenderness does no harm. In fact, as David wrote, “Thy gentleness has made me great.” Psalm 18:35

Lion and Dachshund : Unlikely Friends

Lion and Dachshund Friends

Lion and Dachshund


A 500-pound lion and an 11-pound dog have formed an unlikely friendship, proving that cats and dogs really can get along. Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., along with three other dogs. The puppies were introduced to Bonedigger in 2008 when he was just a 4-week-old cub.

Lion and Dachshund

A metabolic bone disease rendered the lion mildly disabled. Park president Joe Schreibvogel – who goes by the name “Joe Exotic” – thinks the lion’s state has something to do with the connection the animals formed. “The dogs thought it was just a big puppy and have loved each other since,” he told The Today Show. “I also think they know the lion is not as normal as the rest.” Exotic says that Milo and his littermates sensed that Bonedigger was crippled, and they sought to protect him. Today, the animals cuddle, dine on raw meat together and even mimic each other.

Milo is Bonedigger’s closest friend, and he often tries to imitate the lion’s growls. He also serves as Bonedigger’s personal dentist. After the animals eat, 5-year-old Milo licks the lion’s teeth clean, and Bonedigger returns the gesture by licking the dog with a tongue nearly the size of the dog’s head. Although seeing four small dogs run around the grounds with the king of the jungle concern some visitors, Exotic says he wouldn’t dare separate the animals. “You do not ever try to take his dogs out of the yard,” Exotic said. “[It] makes him very mad. They sleep on top of him.”
Lion and Dachshund Joe Exotic

It amazes me that animals exhibit the Scriptural truth – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” Romans 12:10

Information gained from Mother Nature Network

Dog and Cheetah : Unlikely Friends

Dog and Cheetah

I am a “dog” person. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats too, but I don’t think I will be curled up on the couch with Fluffy any time soon……or will I? After watching the video below, I could see myself being a “cat” person. Our dog, Parker, needs a play friend and I could not imagine the faces of my fellow Norconians as I walk down Sixth Street with my new feline friend. Then again, it just might be a normal day in Norco to see some strange animal cruising down the street.

Check out these videos and let us know what you think.