Thailand’s Champion Chimpanzee Feeding Tiger Cubs In Thai Zoo

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I had planned to take a two-week break from posting on Beyond The Mango Juice but 11 days into my blogging sabbatical a story on BBC News Online about a chimpanzee and tiger cubs at Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Thailand caught my eye, and I’d like to share it with readers who may have missed it.

Dodo is a two and a half-year old chimpanzee and for the last year he has played the role of substitute mother to some tiger cubs at a zoo about 15 kilometres outside of Bangkok.

The photograph above shows Dodo feeding milk to Aorn, a two month old tiger cub at Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo. Dodo has been trained to bottle feed young tiger cubs and below you can view a short 38 second video of Dodo in action.

The sad news is that soon the tiger cubs will be too big and they will have to be separated from Dodo.


Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission prices are 300 baht for foreigners and 80 baht for Thais. The crocodile farm is reputed to be the largest in the world with over 60,000 crocodiles on view.

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8 Responses

  1. Snap says:

    Martyn, doesn’t surprise me in the least….some pics from Stray’s trip to the Tiger? Zoo just south of Pattaya.

    That chimp does seem to have a mother’s glint in her/his eye though 🙂

  2. Martyn says:

    Snap I tried to check out your link but it was not accessible to me. Invitation only?

    The chimpanzee seems happy enough mothering the young cubs but will soon have to wave them goodbye and perhaps move on to TV commercials.

  3. That was pretty good, but the Title made it sound way more epic then it actually was. You could maybe add an “Extreme” in there somewhere.

  4. Martyn says:

    Lawrence I must admit I like thinking up the post titles almost as much as I enjoy writing the posts although some of my earlier ones weren’t very keyword friendly.

    Here’s a few examples without the link:

    Two Cakes and One Schizophrenic
    Two Regions One Conclusion
    Possibly a Greater Discovery Than Potatoes
    Habits, Rabbits and Dog Bits
    I’ve Got a Red in the Bed

    Not exactly keyword search titles.

  5. Catherine says:

    Martyn, after reading your post I wanted to call up K Pissout and run right down there. I’m a sucker for tiger cubs and although I’m not fond of your average Thai monkey, that type is different. Not that I know what type it is!

  6. Martyn says:

    Catherine I’ve been as busy as a foster monkey hence my late reply.

    Tiger cubs do look cute…for a few months at least. I think Dodo doing the foster mother bit would be worth a giving K Pissout a call and slipping a banana (very easy word to type) or two into your handbag and heading off to the zoo.

  7. Gus@handbagsandthing says:

    It is a wonderful idea to train animals to take care of the one without parents. Maybe now human would learn to do the same, then we would not have a need for ophanage.

  8. Martyn says:

    Gus – That’s a lovely thought but unfortunately it’s never going to happen. Not 100% anyhow.

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