It's Mother's Day here tomorrow, celebrating all the mothers
who are a goddess and all the goddesses who were mothers. But
that's not the main thing I'm going to be sharing with you
My thoughts keep wandering to a special kind of mom that we
all should be thinking of.
or not we’re fortunate to have been
bound to our
Mothers by blood ties,
we should give thanks for
all those women
who have been the spiritual
mothers in our lives.
So, if you were hoping for goddess, I've left you some links
under my photo on the left so you can explore the myths of the
mother goddesses and the History of Mother's Day to your heart's
But today I'm moved to tell you the story of:
Saimai and her cubs
Sometimes, when our hearts are open,
it feels like there are
so many miracles in the world . . .
So much magic, so many
Maybe peace is possible.
A friend forwarded an
email with these remarkable photos, complete with a
I wanted to believe:
The story from
In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave
birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs.
The cubs were born prematurely and died a few
minutes after their birth.
Suddenly the mother tiger's health took a
turn for the worst. She would not eat or drink. She wouldn't
even get up and move around. The
veterinarians worried that the loss of her litter had caused the
tigress to fall into a deep depression.
They thought perhaps that if the tigress could
surrogate another mother's cubs she might improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the
country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs
of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.
The veterinarians decided to try something that
had never been tried in a zoo environment.
Sometimes a mother of one species will
take on the care of a different species.
The only "orphans" that could be found quickly,
were a litter of pigs.
The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in
tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.
Would they become
cubs or pork chops??
Take a look!
Please tell me it ain't so!
Alas, the pictures are real but the story above is not.
But the true story is also pretty amazing.
The tigress herself was suckled by a pig when she was young.
This start in life apparently enabled her to be very accepting of pigs.
When these photos were taken, she and the piglets were residents of the Sriracha Tiger Zoo
The zoo, which has a very successful tiger breeding
program, offers a variety of circus-like programs and
everal of the exhibits include surprising mixtures of
adults and the young of different species such as those
shown in these remarkable photos.
We willingly suspended our disbelief and found it
easy to forgive the want of truth in the first story. So we
decided to believe them both.
After all, being toorational isn't always the best
a reminder to...
Enjoy this Mother's Day,
celebrating the unique gifts
that you and the strong, compassionate,
generous women you love
radiate into this world.