An utmost brave goat running after a tiger and becoming his best friend (instead of his lunch) is such a miraculous sight that it has caught the attention of animal lovers around the world. In the past, the Amur tiger being raised in Russia’s Primorsky Safari Park had been fed live goats and rabbits twice a week. But when a feisty goat named Timur trotted into the tiger’s enclosure, the most unexpected thing happened – the two became best friends.
As reported by Russia’s RIA Novosti on November 26, when the goat was sent in to the tiger to become his lunch, the goat actually started attacking the tiger with his horns leaving the predator so confused that “he decided not to mess with the goat and ‘waved his paw’.”
Since the unexpected encounter between the goat and the tiger earlier this week, the Primorsky Safari Park has been keeping a close eye on the unusual pair and informing fans with updated daily posts. While Timur the goat gets to nibble on his vegetarian brush, hay, wheat, and feed, the Amur tiger is being fed plenty of his usual meat beef, salmon, and rabbits – but no more goats.
According to park director Dmitry Mezentsev, goat Timur follows the tiger around in their park enclosure during the day. The unusual pair can be seen marking trees along the way and checking the fence along their habitat. Before the paradoxical friendship between the tiger and the goat began, the tiger never showed any aggression towards the park employees. Now, however, the Timur tiger hisses when anyone tries to get close to his friend.
At night, the goat has taken over the tiger’s sleeping spot, and the Amur tiger now sleeps on the shelter’s roof instead. “Timur follows the Amur everywhere, and the tiger quietly tolerates it,” Mezentsev told RIA Novosti. “The goat even worries when the tiger disappears from sight, and will start looking for him.”
As to why a tiger befriends a goat, Primorsky’s Safari Park employees have only one explanation: “2015 – the year of the goat on the Chinese calendar. Cupid [the tiger] such friendly attitude towards Timur decided to celebrate this year and to show respect to the goats and the goats.”