Adorable footage from US zoo shows three tiger cubs adopted by dog

Chloe Chaplain

A zoo in the United States has released adorable footage of a dog who has become an adopted dad to three tiger cubs.

Cincinnati Zoo has called has assigned Blakely the Australian shepherd is to be the companion for the Malayan tiger cubs after they were ignored by their mother.

The 6-year-old male dog provides snuggling, warmth and play for the cubs.

Dawn Strasser, head of the Cincinnati Zoo's nursery staff, says Blakely serves as "the adult in the room," teaching them behaviours such as checking them when they get too rough or aggressive.

Blakely: the Australian shepherd is looking after the cubs (PA)

The cubs are expected to move into the zoo's Cat Canyon this summer.

In the past Blakely has helped raise baby cheetahs, wallabies, bat-eared foxes, and an ocelot, among other young animals.