Russian Zoo Tiger Becomes Best Pals With Goat That Was Served For Dinner

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Time and again we hear about alliances between animals that would ordinarily be prey and predator. But in most cases they are a result of a strategic decision made by zoo keepers trying to help one or both animals. However, that was not the intention of the workers at Russia's Safari Park when they allowed a goat into their resident Siberian tiger Amur's enclosure in November 2015. They were just serving him dinner! Hence, you can only imagine how surprised they were to find the goat alive and well the following day.

Turns out that unlike previous goats that had been served for a tasty meal, this one did not cower at the sight of the ferocious looking tiger. Instead, Timur, as it is now called, intimidated Amur by drawing its horns and charging at him. And if that wasn't enough, Timur even took over Amur's cozy cave for a few nights, leaving the wildcat out in the cold.

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Since then, the two have called a truce and become best pals. The zoo workers said when they tried removing Timur from the enclosure to protect him in case Amur changed his mind, the tiger roared all night and only calmed down when the goat was returned. Amur is now often seen nuzzling at the goat's hay and vegetables (as though contemplating turning vegetarian) and even licking at the lump of salt that is part of Timur's daily diet.

Not surprisingly, the unlikely pals are drawing a lot of attention. Zoo officials say they had to cancel employee holiday breaks to handle the unprecedented crowds that wanted to witness this heartwarming friendship firsthand. As you have probably guessed, goats are now off Amur's dinner menu. The Siberian tiger instead has to settle for rabbits. Somehow we have a feeling; he does not mind!

Resources: washingtonpost.com,rt.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • ethanj2009
    ethanj2009Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6:02 am
    hahhaa big cute cat
    • galaxystars123
      galaxystars123Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 1:01 pm
      IS It vegetarian HAHAHAHAHA get it because vegetarians eat veggies fruit and healthy stuff! #LOng LiVe ThE tIgEr!
      • bsc
        bscSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 9:25 am
        That's really cool! I was surprised the tiger didn't eat the goat!
        • meowpower
          meowpowerSunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm
          Cute
          • duskwolf
            duskwolfTuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:57 am
            this is so cute! I hope that tiger dont eat him tho!
            • wolfdog
              wolfdogMonday, January 13, 2020 at 6:57 am
              Pretty sure the tiger injured the goat 2 months later :(
              • duskwolf
                duskwolfTuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:57 am
                that would be so sad! :c
              • JackTuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:40 am
                So nice!
                • HaileiTuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:39 am
                  It won’t let me skip
                  • canine
                    canineWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm
                    wish MY best friend was a tiger. that would be awesome!!
                    • TigerThursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:00 am
                      I love tigers and one day I will train my own tiger