Amazing Animal Friendships – Baby Tiger Cubs and Baby Orangutans are the very best of friends!
A pair of month-old Sumatran tiger twins have befriended a pair of young orangutans!
The animals share a room in the nursery at Taman Safari Zoo in Sumatra as they were orphaned. They love nothing more than to ‘cuddle’ and play together.
“This is unusual and would never happen in the wild,” saya zoo keeper Sri Suwarni. “Like human babies, they only want to play.”
The friendship will be short-lived since orangutans fall prey to tigers in the wild.
“When the time comes, they will have to be separated. It’s sad, but we can’t change their natural behavior,” she said. “Tigers start eating meat when they are three months old.”
Both the Orangutan and the Sumatran tiger are highly endangered in Indonesia due to habitat loss and poaching. Conservationists estimate that fewer than 700 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, while orangutans are believed to number less than 50,000. Orangutan populations are fast-declining on the island of Borneo due to forest fires, land-clearing for oil palm plantations, illegal logging and poaching for the pet trade.
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Watch these amazing play mates!