Dog Is Surrogate Mom to Abandoned Siberian Tiger

Landov

updated 09/20/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 09/20/2011 AT 4:30 PM ET

A newborn Siberian tiger living at a zoo in Qingdao, China, was all alone in the world when it was abandoned by its mother – and that’s when the maternal instincts of a very special dog kicked in.

Now the pooch is acting as its mother, nursing it and treating the feline just as she does her own pup – who appears to have bonded with his sibling-in-spirit.