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IN Animals ON 25 Nov, 2015
In the animal kingdom, some relationships are obvious. Lions prey on deer by chasing them, tackling them, and eventually chomping down on the poor animal. Vultures wait for dying animals to scavenge for food. But what about those unusual relationships? We've heard about cats and dogs becoming the best of friends, but what a German shepherd and a tiger?
Well, that's exactly what happened with Suria, the Siberian tiger and three German shepherds named Blacky, Hugo, and Jenny who often visit Suria and her 4-month-old cub named Sunny. All of them were born in the Slovakian wildlife sanctuary. Read on to see how their adorable relationship developed.
Suria, her cub, and the three German shepherds were all born at the Oasis wildlife sanctuary, located in Senec, Slovakia, which is managed by Yveta Irsova who is an expert when it comes to big cats.
The Oasis sanctuary was built with the aim to raise the number of Siberian tigers who are currently endangered, as noted by the volunteers.
Similar to how pet dogs and cats get along, the Siberian tiger and the three dogs became friends because they all grew up together.
It's easy to believe that cats and dogs would forever be enemies, but here at Slovakia, the contrary has also proven to be true: they could also be friends forever.
While they may sometimes look like they're hurting each other, they're actually just play fighting, which is common even among our pet animals such as cats and dogs.
These wonderful photos were captured by Lucia Zustakova while wildlife sanctuary volunteer Martin Ziman also takes videos of the wonderful, unusual relationship sometimes.
Suria the Siberian tiger is only two years old, but has already gotten naturally bigger than the dogs who were also born during the same period, as obvious.
According to Yveta Irsova who owns the sanctuary, the Oasis opened in 1999 and has accommodated 28 tigers. Out of those, 23 were actually born at the Slovakian sanctuary.
The Oasis Wildlife Sanctuary hopes not just to rescue tigers who need protection, but to also breed them for the future.
Sadly, the Siberian tigers have become extremely endangered because of loss of their natural habitat in the Eastern region of Russia and because of hunting.
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