While they had plenty of theories and even more unanswered questions, there was one thing that the hikers definitely knew was true — the dog didn’t look in the best of shape. It was clear that she was seriously malnourished and may have been stranded up the mountain for a long time.
And now that the tiger cubs needed to be fed, this was putting even more of a strain on the poor dog. We imagine that the Golden was extremely relieved when the hikers arrived. But she had zero energy to display her relief. They knew they needed to do something.
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...
A Challenging Task
The hikers unanimously agreed that they needed to help out the dog and these tiny cubs. But they knew that it wasn't going to be easy. They certainly didn't have the resources to carry them all down the mountain.
Not to mention the fact that they were hours away from the nearest town and that it would be near on impossible for a car to reach them. One thing was for sure — they didn't want to put the Golden Retriever or the cubs' lives at risk. So they continued to wait and brainstorm ideas. But time was definitely running out...
They Looked for Help
With a little bit of cellphone reception at their disposal, the hikers tried calling the nearest animal rescue center to see if they could come and help. When the organization finally answered, they explained the situation they had found themselves in and asked if they could dispatch a rescue team.
Unfortunately, though, the person who answered accused them of prank-calling her. She couldn't believe what they were telling her and decided to hang up immediately. While it sounded farfetched, the hikers were very angry at the person's reckless decision. But they didn't give up and came up with an idea...