This morning I received an email from a friend detailing the story of a mother tiger who, upon losing her three cubs shortly after giving birth, became depressed and ill. To rescue her, the zoo costumed some baby pigs and voila - adoptive mom is restored by second chance with other species.
I was considering this irony until I found out the pictures are real but the story is fabricated: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_tiger_and_piglets.htm
I'm having a particularly painful cycle which started a few days early. Makes me wonder if it's actually a loss. Doesn't matter though, and the speculation is depressing anyway.