Friday, April 22, 2005

Mammaries a go go

To continue on a theme I started several months ago with Nips & sips for your furbabies regarding a puppy, please enjoy this latest installment...

Woman Breastfeeds Tiger Cubs

YANGON (Reuters) - Hla Htay has three hungry infants to feed these days -- a seven-month old baby boy and two Bengal tiger cubs.

Three times a day, the Myanmar housewife goes to the Yangon Zoo where she breastfeeds the hungry black-striped, orange-brown cubs rejected by their natural mother.

"The cubs are just like my babies," Hla Htay told Fuji TV as one of the baby big cats suckled her breast.

The zoo says the breastfeeding will stop by the end of April or when the cubs start teething -- whichever comes first.

Wow, I'm relieved! Teeth hurt or so they say.

[ADD'L TIGER UPDATE 4/24/05: Tiger cubs breastfed by Myanmar woman being weaned to powdered milk]

Dave Berry beat me to one today. What a day for breasts!

And it is yet another species....

The mother who suckles pet monkey

With a picture, to boot.

Part of my desire to have another child is that my obstinate infant would not breastfeed and I honestly felt cheated out of an aspect of mothering I planned on and felt was important (considering allergies especially) for us. I wanted a chance to do it again the way 'it is supposed to be' not hooked to an electric pump draining the boobs for 8 months.

It would be so much easier if I could just find a willing stray pup, cub, or monkey, wouldn't it? I'm gonna start looking and tell Dave Barry first, besides telling you guys.


Anonymous said...

Girlfriend, I'm bedridden so I can read everything, bring it on!!!!

That is freaky about the breastfeeding. I can't believe that is the nourishment they need.

Cricket said...

You know, that is what I thought at first, too.

But then I remembered cow's (or even goat's) milk. It is cross-species milk drinking.

Did you know that humans are the only animals as adults who drink milk?

I guess I should even include (with the pups, cubs, and monkeys) those strange breastfeeding adult males, too. (I could only find this one example, but I know it is more common than throught, and I mean more than a sample sip.)

Or even consider the opposite - men who do the breastfeeding...

Takes all kinds, I guess. I think the book is a story (legend?) about a shipwrecked man and a baby, with him having no choice but to begin lactation to save the baby.

Anonymous said...

that is amazing. wow