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Monday, August 1, 2011

Chimpanzee feeds tiger cubs

A chimpanzee has become the star attraction at a zoo in Thailand for his habit of feeding tiger cubs every day.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Dodo has been feeding the cubs for more than a year at the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo.

His trainers at the zoo, around 25 miles south east of Bangkok, initially just wanted to challenge the chimp, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Since he showed no fear of the tiger cubs, they worked with him until he picked up the habit.

"It's not difficult as he knows how to hold the bottle. I just taught him to hold it and stay with the cub. I've been teaching him everyday so he can do it," said Sirinaj who has been working at the zoo for 20 years.

The only problems is when he ignores his feeding tasks and just plays with cubs which are aged from three weeks to five months.

The zoo said that the cubs eventually outgrow Dodo and then need to be moved to an area more suited to their size.

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