Cat Decision: To Fight or Not To Fight

For today’s post, I have something special for one of my commenters, Jen.
Jen had a specific request for more pieces on “Cat Fights”.

Well, very willing to accommodate her, I searched through Russian press, but it seems like cats have become more peaceful nowadays.  Instead of fighting, they are more interested in being good friends to other creatures.

At least, that is the case with this Primorye tiger named “Amur”.

Life News was fascinated by the odd friendship which arose between Amur and a fellow zoo animal, a goat named Timur.

Visitors to the Safari Zoo noticed that the tiger and his goat pal always went for their morning stroll together.  Sometimes they play fight, and Timur gets up on his hind legs and pretends to butt Amur.  But Amur doesn’t take offense:  he knows it is all in good fun.

Click on the video (within the link), and you see the two animals emerge together, a few seconds in.  [Are they actually shacking up, inquiring minds want to know??]

They start strolling through the woods, the goat leading the way.

At :22 seconds in the camera delicately turns away, as Amur gets ready to do his … er… morning routine.

Next we see Amur sniffing up his goat friend and pretending to bite him.  Timur gets up on his hind legs.  Then both animals delicately back off, making clear they are just joking around.

Jen craves to see more violence, like in Thunderdome.

[Sorry, Jen!  I know you would have wished to see a big drag-out cage battle between these two snarling beasts!]

Video #2

Here is another video:  A very excitable cub reporter named Andrey is astonished by the odd-couple shenanigans taking place in that zoo:

The plucky girl correspondent, Ksenia, reports that this was not any kind of scientific experiment, it just sort of came about that the two animals took a shine to one another and became pals.

She reports that the animals are virtually inseparable, they even kip side by side.  Or sometimes like to play a game of “chase”.  This has been going on for several days now.  The goat is not at all afraid to even go inside the tiger’s lair.  Andrei Panov, one of the tour directors at the zoo reports (1:50 minutes in) that tigers don’t actually have a killing instinct.  He says that if you ever encounter a tiger, don’t turn and run away.  If you show fear and run, then the tiger will chase you and bring you down.  If you stand your ground and don’t show fear, then you’ll be okay.  In this particular case, the goat Timur never showed fear, in fact he stood up to Amur (literally, by standing up on his hind legs) and that’s why he is still alive.  Other reason being, that Amur is well fed (they feed him rabbits) and he doesn’t need to supplement his diet with goat meat.

The Tiger is known as the “Lord of the Taiga”.

But even the most powerful Lord needs a good buddy.  That’s the moral of this story.


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2 Responses to Cat Decision: To Fight or Not To Fight

  1. Jen says:

    Ah thank you Yalensis, this is a lovely story indeed about the tigers and the goats.

    It is interesting that Andrei Panov says that tigers don’t have a killing instinct. Probably what passes for a killing instinct is a mix of nature and nurture: the tendency is present but it has to be nurtured by the tiger’s mum. I suppose similar could be said for the other big cats like lions and leopards, and jaguars too.

    Yours truly,


    • yalensis says:

      Thanks, Jen,

      There was actually an important continuation to the story yesterday here, along with more video.
      And then RT got hold of the story because it’s becoming big among the Russian public.

      The main thing that I didn’t realize when I did my piece, above, was that Timur was actually SUPPOSED TO BE Amur’s LUNCH. The earlier stories kind of glossed over that, and it was a bit unclear how Timur got into Amur’s enclosure. In my head, I sort of assumed that the animals just roamed around and got into each others enclosures.

      Turns out, that the zookeepers had a routine for Amur, that he was expected to catch and eat his own food. They didn’t give him dead meat, they brought live meat his way. To keep him more natural and more engaged, I guess. Usually they would release rabbits into his enclosure. And then they decided to give him a goat. The goat wasn’t part of the zoo-animal scene, he was FOOD.

      And that was why Timur was put into his enclosure: Amur was supposed to catch and eat him. But Timur stood his ground and showed no fear. And I guess Amur was lonely and needed a friend, so they hooked up. The zookeepers then decided not to let Timur die, so they separated the two animals for a couple of nights and gave Timur his own goat-pad, along with some hay and a salt-lick. But Amur spent the night roaring in loneliness, and they had to reunite the 2 friends.

      Meanwhile, zookeepers have been observing ever more strange behavior on Amur’s part. In the new video (in VZGLIAD), you see Amur playing with Timur’s salt lick and licking it. Tigers aren’t supposed to lick salt.

      Nobody really knows what this odd behavior means.


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