This Goat Was Meant To Be Tiger’s Lunch, But Then Something Amazing Happened.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Unlikely animal friendships are some of the best stories ever, and this bond between a rare Amur tiger and the goat that would normally be its prey is no different.
The pair live at Primorski Safari Park in Russia, and it's certainly not usual to see two animals like this hanging out together. Normally, a fierce tiger like Amur would make short work of a goat in her path, and no one can really explain why she hasn't. Watching them interact, one has to wonder: Have they simply put their instincts and differences aside, or do they just not realize that the other is a little bit different? Either way, the video below is delightful to watch.
A member of the zoo staff told the Siberian Times, "Our tigers get live prey twice every week. 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."
A similar situation happened with a wolf and a donkey.