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This German Shepherd Approached A Tiger But What Followed Was Completely Unexpected

This German Shepherd Approached A Tiger But What Followed Was Completely Unexpected
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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.  

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At Oasis

At Oasis

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.

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Breeding Program

Breeding Program
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The Oasis sanctuary was built with the aim to raise the number of Siberian tigers who are currently endangered, as noted by the volunteers.

Growing Up Together

Growing Up Together
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Similar to how pet dogs and cats get along, the Siberian tiger and the three dogs became friends because they all grew up together.

No Animosity

No Animosity
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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.

Play Fighting

Play Fighting
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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.

Thanks to Lucia

Thanks to Lucia
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These wonderful photos were captured by Lucia Zustakova while wildlife sanctuary volunteer Martin Ziman also takes videos of the wonderful, unusual relationship sometimes.

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Just Two Years Old

Just Two Years Old
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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.

It all began in 1999

It all began in 1999
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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.

Rescuing Tigers

Rescuing Tigers
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The Oasis Wildlife Sanctuary hopes not just to rescue tigers who need protection, but to also breed them for the future.

Losing the Habitat

Losing the Habitat
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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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