In an unlikely scenario, a goat in a Safari Zoo located in Russia has befriended a tiger that it was supposed to be a meal for. In any normal conditions, it would seem like the tiger would typically eat the goat for food, but instead, the two animals are getting along and co-existing in the same pen just fine without any malicious motives.
The goat has been given the nickname Timur for its apparent lack of fear in confronting the tiger. In fact, it has been noted that the goat had actually stood its ground and forced the tiger to move to the top of its own shelter so that the goat could stay safely inside of the shelter.
Zoo officials are shocked at the results, noting that the goat was likely never taught to be afraid of tigers or many of its natural predators. They also note that the tiger is known to hunt goats very well and that the conditions are indeed very strange. In what looks like an act of courage on the goat’s part, may actually even be some sort of mental disorder or inability to process danger.
"Tiger Amur knows very well how to hunt goats and rabbits," a keeper told the Siberian Times. "But recently he came across a goat that he refused to hunt. We think that the goat never came across tigers and no-one taught him to be scared of them.”
Despite what might be understood as a friendship between the two animals, animal activists are calling out the truce between the two animals and demanding that the goat and tiger are separated as soon as possible, as the brave goat deserves to live in case the tiger changes its mind.
Zoo officials note that because of the tiger’s defensive actions for the goat, it would be too difficult to separate the two. The tiger actually hisses at the zoo keepers when they try to get anywhere near the goat. The tiger has been acting much like a bodyguard as you’ll see in the body language in the viral YouTube video below: