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Myth? Maybe, but
Magical Anyway You Look at It

November, 2006


This Issue: Table of Contents

~ An urban myth? Maybe,
but Magical anyway you look at it. 

~ With Forgiveness

 

 

 

Saimai and her cubs

Sometimes, when our hearts are open, it feels like there are so many miracles in the world . . .

So much magic, so many miracles. Maybe peace is possible.

A friend forwarded an email with these remarkable photos, complete with a heartwarming story.

I wanted to believe:

 

The story from the email:

In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs.  Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression.


The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve. After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning  mother.

The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been  tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of pigs.  The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.

Would they become cubs or pork chops??

Take a look!

 


 

 


 

 


Myth? Please tell me it ain't so.

Alas, according to Snopes.com, the online authority on urban myths, the pictures are real but the story above is not. But the true story is also pretty amazing.

  The tigress herself was suckled by a pig when she was young and this start in life enabled her to be very accepting of pigs.  She, and the piglets, were residents of the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand. The zoo, which has a very successful tiger breeding program, offers a variety of circus-like programs and exhibits, including the enclosure of surprising mixtures of adults and the young of different species such as those shown in these remarkable photos.

We are willingly suspend our disbelief and find it easy to forgive the want of truth in the first story and decided to believe them both. Being too rational isn't always the best thing.

On the subject of forgiveness--some believe it is the way to free our hearts and minds from fear, anger, resentment, suffering and pain. We have a wonderful book to share with you today.  The authors of the With Forgiveness book have put together a wonderful special package for holiday giving. You can check it out at:

 With Forgiveness...Are You Ready?


Till next time . . ..

See the world with eyes filled with wonder,
and remember that you
are a thing of wonder too.

Sharon Turnbull, book author : Goddess Gift></p>
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