PRIMORSKY KRAI, Russia – Officials at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia shared video of the unlikely friendship between a tiger and goat ending in a fight.
According to the Siberian Times, the goat, named Timur, was fed to the tiger, Amur, as live prey. Instead of eating the goat, the two became friends.
Apparently, Timur had been bullying and instigating Amur for months and on January 26, the tiger snapped, biting and shaking the goat.
“Timur pushed Amur down the slope, poked him with his horns and legs, and finally stepped on Amur while he was sleeping,’ said director Dmitry Mesemtsev. ‘Amur woke up, grabbed Timur with his teeth, shook him like a kitten, and threw him away. Then he lay down to rest again.”
The staff distracted Amur so they could get Timur out safely and take him for medical treatment.
Some Safari officials said Amur’s anger could have stemmed from a female tiger nearby who was in heat.
Officials said it is too soon to tell if the animals will be reunited, “At the moment the goat needs to recover and relax.”