The story is true.
It took place at The Institute of Greatly
Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina. It is a "is a
wildlife education organization, dedicated to promoting global
conservation with informative, educational and entertaining interactive
The cubs are named Mitra and Shiva.
China York is the keeper at the
facility in charge of caring for the cubs. She says the cubs were born
at TIGERS in 2008 but hurricane Hannah caused severe flooding and the
mother tiger became distressed. For safety, the cubs were moved indoors.
At the time of these pictures, the
cubs were about 21-days old.
A two-year-old chimp named Anjana
became China's helper in caring for the chimps and as a result the cubs
and surrogate mother Anjana have become almost inseparable.
China's job is to care for newborn
animals at the facility and as her animal companion, Anjana has helped
with other animals as well.