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INTERNATIONAL: Goat becomes friends with tiger that was supposed to eat it in Russian safari park

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NBC NEWS – Timur the goat was meant to be nothing more than a tasty meal for Amur, a Siberian tiger living in a safari park. Timur had other ideas.

The stubborn animal was sent into the tiger’s enclosure earlier this week as one of the predator’s twice-weekly meals of live animals, the park said Thursday.

However, no one had taught Timur to be afraid of tigers. And instead of dutifully fulfilling its role in the food chain, Timur chased Amur out of the big cat’s own sleeping place.

The tiger, by this point seemingly puzzled at the role-reversal, opted against confrontation. Timur has been bedding down in his spot for four nights now; Amur has been banished to sleeping on the shelter’s roof.

The drama played out at the Primorsky Safari Park, in Russia’s far southeastern corner. The park said the “daredevil” goat’s heroics were what actually earned it the name Timur, after a courageous kid from a popular Communist-era children’s book.


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  1. The tiger is just waiting for the goat to be fattened for the inevitable kill.
    Oh this Christmas tiger will be eating fresh goat meat in the park in Siberia, this Christmas.

  2. The strong prey on fear, Timur is not afraid of Amur. As long as he continues to be unafraid of Amur he'll be alright.

    Lessons from animals.

  3. The tiger will do what's in its nature to do, sooner or later it will...

  4. That's a mal mama

  5. If animals can get along , then why can't we.

  6. The Tiger is a Bulla Tiger.

    • lol of course he`s your cousin oops your brother or best friend which is it... because birds of a feather flock together.... you sound so uneducated.... poor thing all you can take out of this was a sex lesson


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