A live goat was sent to a tiger’s cage, but the two became best friends instead

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Amur, a Siberian tiger usually eats goats. That is until he met one he now calls Timur. Amur lives at Primorye Safari Park in Russia and is fed live food twice a week (usually goats and rabbits).

But when Timur was put into the enclosure (the goat didn’t have a name back then), zookeepers were surprised by the unusual facts. Amur left the goat alone, writes reshareworthy.

“No one taught the goat to fear the tiger. So, Amur decided not to mess with the fearless goat and didn’t eat it,” zookeepers wrote on the park’s website.

Since then, Amur has decided that Timur wasn’t “food”, so the two behave like old friends. Timur walks after Amur and follows the tiger everywhere.

The goat is fed every day and Amur seems to be warming up to his new friend. Zookeepers said the tiger even became protective for the friendly goat. “The tiger warned an employee feeding them, ‘Hey, don’t ever come near my goat friend.’ Before that, he had never shown aggression towards staff,” they said. It seems that Amur is as attached to the goat as the goat is to him.

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The world was charmed by the unlikely friendship that formed between Timur and Amur, but the two’s friendship ended after fight. The zoo separated the pair after Timur poked the tiger with its horns, causing the tiger to grab him by the teeth and shake him. But Amur did not kill Timur, although the goat had to be treated for the scratches. It was decided that, for the safety of the two, they would be placed in separate enclosures. But their friendship isn’t completely over, according to the zoo. Their enclosures are right next to each other and the two like to greet each other, albeit with the safety of a fence between them.