Despite feeling like they were hallucinating, the hikers soon realized that what they thought they were looking at was in fact real. It was a Golden Retriever nursing three animals. But they most certainly weren’t golden retriever puppies, not by a long shot.
All the hikers could do was scratch their heads and marvel at what they were seeing. They tip-toed closer so as to not disturb this unique family. The closer they got, the clearer the picture was for them. They started to connect the dots and just like that, the revelation hit them like a ton of bricks…
A Typical Hike
Our story begins on a mountain range somewhere in Central America. I bunch of friends who regularly hiked together were excited to ascend up one of the region's biggest peaks. They had been planning the expedition for a while now, but couldn't find a weekend where all individuals were free. Eventually, though, the perfect weekend finally arrived.
And so they embarked on their journey. They had been on many hikes together already, so there was nothing too challenging for them. But as they reached about two-thirds up the mountain, they discovered something that would turn the hike completely on its head...
They Found a Golden Retriever
During their hike, while they were high up the mountain, the hikers discovered a beautiful Golden Retriever sitting on the ground. Within seconds, it was clear to them that the stray dog was nursing a litter. They asked themselves, how could a dog of this breed be stranded so high up a mountain?
It made no sense to them. And how was she able to deliver these babies and still manage to keep them alive? In the next few seconds though, the hikers began to realize that something wasn't quite right. First of all, they could sense that maybe those babies didn't even belong to the dog...
As they stared closer at the furry babies, they were starting to pick up on their patterns. They were unmistakable. These "pups" had fur that was fiery orange, with black stripes all around them. There was only one possibility. There is no denying that these were tiger cubs.
But how could this kind of litter be in Central America? Anyone who has a basic knowledge of the animal kingdom knows that tigers are native to Asia. Naturally, the hikers were scared, because they suspected that maybe the cubs' real mother, a fully-grown tiger, might be in the vicinity. They were on their guard.
They Had Theories
As far as they could sense, there was no tiger mom to worry about. It seemed like the Golden Retriever was the only mother that these poor cubs had. She was feeding them and giving them the love and attention they needed.
They suspected that maybe the mother tiger had died while she was on the mountain and that maybe the dog came along shortly after to save the cubs. They also suspected that maybe the cubs had been stolen from the local zoo, and had been abandoned when the robbers got too stressed out by the crime they committed. But they didn't know for sure...