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