Sometimes natural selection has a few hiccups. Case in point: A goat befriends a tiger, and the Siberian tiger is so enamored with the goat’s fearless attitude, that the predator decided to make the goat his pal. You might say this brassy bovidae has the tiger by its tail.
The Amur tiger, living in Russia’s Primorsky Safari Park, was supposed to, umm, eat the goat. But after introducing the goat into the enclosure, something unusual happened — the goat stood up to the tiger, bowed his head in an attack position, showed his horns and even chased the big cat around.
“Year round, we feed the tigers live prey twice a week,” commented park director Dmitry Mezentsev. “The goat was very brave. He flashed his horns or retaliated every time the Amur attacked. The wary tiger was confused by this, and he decided not to mess with the goat.”
The plucky goat even did something quite astonishing. He kicked the tiger out of its own enclosed den, forcing the evicted Amur to sleep on the roof. Despite their initial showdown, the pair are now fast friends.
The goat, since named Timur, “follows the Amur everywhere,” Mezentsez said. “The tiger quietly tolerates it. The goat even worries when the tiger disappears from sight, and will start looking for him.”
This goat and tiger bromance appears to be going strong.