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WATCH: The little and large of it - Friendship blossoms for tiger and goat

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 27/11/2015 | 15:41

Theirs is a very unlikely friendship, not least because one is a fan of eating the other.

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A tiger in Russia was presented with a goat for his dinner and instead of wolfing down the animal he took a liking to him and they became fast friends.

Zoo keepers in Siberia cruelly threw the goat into the tiger's enclosure and expected bloodshed to follow.

Much to their surprise the two sniffed each other, bonded and now spend most of their time together.

Amur, the tiger lives at the Far Eastern Safari Park with his new bestie, who staff have names 'Timur' meaning iron to symbolise the animal's bravery.

Zoo employees said Amur is not a peace loving animal by nature and it was sheer bravado alone that saved the goat’s life.

"Our tigers get live prey twice every week," a staff member told The Siberian Times.

"Tiger Amur knows very well how to hunt goats and rabbits. But recently he came across a goat that he refused to hunt.

"We think that the goat never came across tigers and no-one taught him to be scared of them.

"Amur the tiger is quite cautious by his nature and decided not to go to the trouble of hunting Timur," he said.

It shows that sometimes the circle of life can be interrupted, with beautiful results.

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