The Cincinnati Zoo has called again on a dog 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 did not kick in after their birth on February 3, and zoo staffers have been caring for them.
The six-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.