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Dog-Raised Tiger Has Outgrown Mom

A few months back there was a news story on a motherless baby Bengal Tiger who was “adopted” by a French Bulldog (our past mention, and video). How have things been going for this unlikely pairing?

FNN supplies an update. The lively little tiger and its surrogate parent are, in fact, doing just fine. The now four-month-old tiger has certainly grown, measuring 70 cm (28 inches) long and weighing in at 12kg (26 lbs)—3kg (7 lbs) more than “mom.”

She’s still doing a fine job caring for her not-so-little bundle of joy, but according to one of the keepers interviewed by FNN it’s getting to the point where they’re going to have to separate them. Not surprisingly, at some point a rambunctious growing tiger goes from being a handful to a danger to its undersized parent.

The plan, however, is to put them in adjacent cages so they can at least see each other, if not wrestle around.

Here’s a brief FNN video update, sans subtitles.

Heart The Dog Has Feline Competition

Heart-kun, the puppy with the heart-shaped patch on his side, has become internationally famous, recently showing up on a Reuters story (check out the video if you like cute animals). But now he’s got some competition: Chachamaru, a kitten with a heart-shaped mark on the other side.

FNN is reporting on Masako Nakaya, a resident of Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture and her unusual cat, Chachamaru. A month ago, an animal hospital was looking for a home for an abandoned kitten that had a heart-shaped patch of fur on its right side. Nakaya volunteered to take him in.

Now five months old, Chachamaru has, according to FNN, made the Nakaya house a lively place. Although someone abandoned Chachamaru, Nakaya says he’s brought happiness to her home (not to mention her 15 minutes of fame). No word on whether they’re going to try for the life of fame and fortune like Heart-kun, but they appear to be happy to just have him around.

A bit of video from FNN:

Heart The Dog

A photo from the pet shop’s website

A pet shop in the northern prefecture of Akita lucked out when a chihuahua there gave birth to a puppy with a heart-shaped spot on its side.

The puppy, named “Heart,” has already made the news and had a series of professional photographs made (link updated), and there’s more planned. There’s already talk of using Heart as the “spokesdog” for a dog health insurance company, modeling gigs, and a photobook, as well as numerous TV appearances. The pet shop isn’t selling the little gold mine, but if you want one of his two siblings, they’re available for 138,000 yen (about US$1100) each.

Here’s a bit of video from an NNN news spot (no subtitles, but they’re not necessary):