Baby tigers monkey around

Two-year-old Chimpanzee Anjana cradling a white tiger cub, acting as surrogate mother.

Anjana has been looking after 23-day-old cubs Mitra and Shiva at TIGERS (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) in South Carolina, US. This surrogate role became necessary after the cubs’ mom had become aggressive, due to being spooked when Hurricane Hannah hit the Institute.

The two-year-old chimp has been helping keeper China York care for the 21-day-old cubs at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina.

‘Mitra and Shiva, were born during Hurricane Hannah,’ said Dr Bhagavan, founder of TIGERS.   “During that time everything flooded in the sanctuary and they had to be moved into the house as their mother became stressed.

‘It was important for their safety that they were separated.’ Placed into the care of infant animal care giver China and her chimpanzee companion, Anjana, the cubs have become almost inseparable from their new motherly figures.

Feeding time: Anjana helps keeper China York care for the cubs.

Dr Bhagavan added: ‘China’s role means that she is care giver to hundreds of animals when they are born. ‘Anjana has been with China, side by side, ever since she was born and has joined her in caring and raising baby animals.

‘So she helped her and acted as a surrogate mother to these animals and she has done these same with these baby white tigers.

‘She gives them a bottle, lies with them and acts as a surrogate mother. She has a close contact and bond and gives them a nurturing.’

China has looked after Anjana the female chimpanzee since she was born, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Surrogate: Anjana helps care for the cubs

Learn more about Anjana, a wonderful chimp who has also raised leopards & lions.

Also, click here to see a beautiful slide show of Anjana with her cubs.