Meet the Tiger That Became Best Friends With His Dinner
In late November, Siberian Tiger Amur anxiously awaited his dinner at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia. What would it be today?
Generally, the zoologists on staff released live rabbits, roosters and even rams into the tiger's habitat for him to hunt, kill and eat.
On this fateful day, however, Amur's handlers gave him a special treat. A goat.
It seems that while, at first, the beast's instincts did kick in. He stalked his prey for a bit. But then something odd happened.
Amur left the goat alone and decided to take a nap.
It was then that the goat, seemingly unfazed that he was on the menu that day, chased Amur out of his usual sleeping place. The goat then settled into the tiger's comfy nest and took a nap himself. Amur instead took his rest on the roof.
The zoologists then assumed that Amur would just eat the goat later. Nope.
As the days passed, the two began tentatively playing with a large ball together. Then, Amur and his new goat-pal began taking naps together. When it became apparent that the Siberian tiger had concluded to keep his new friend as a playmate and not make him an entree, the zoo staff gave the goat a name: Timur.
Now, Amur is fed a steady diet of two rabbits per day with additional meat supplements throughout the week. Timur gets apples and cabbage for dinner.
The strange match has since been documented on a live webcam feed which became so popular that Russia's state-run television network produced a 44-minute documentary as an ode to their unlikely friendship.
Amur, by the way, is one of only an estimated 550 Siberian Tigers alive on the planet.