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Thousands of people queue to see the odd couple tiger and goat

By The Siberian Times reporter
04 January 2016

Holiday season brings flock of people to see the unusual friendship between the big cat and his lunch.

Staff leave had to be cancelled at Primorsky Safari Park as record numbers braved the cold to see the Amur the tiger and Timur the goat. Picture: Sergey Lanin/PrimaMedia

It is now about 40 days since the goat was fed to the safari park Siberian tiger as live prey for him to hunt - but the pair ended up becoming best friends. The New Year holidays bought 3,000 visitors on one day alone to see the unusual pair. 

Staff leave had to be cancelled at Primorsky Safari Park as record numbers braved the cold to see the Amur the tiger and Timur the goat. 

Timur and Amur visitors


Timur and Amur visitors


Timur and Amur visitors


Timur and Amur visitors

'We are even thinking about asking police here to keep the order. At least, 1,000 are here right now.' Pictures: Sergey Lanin/PrimaMedia

Dmitry Mesetsev, park director, said: 'We have never seen so many visitors. On the New Year weekend, everyone decided to come to witness Timur and Amur. We asked the workers to cancel their break and come to work. 

'We are even thinking about asking police here to keep the order. At least, 1,000 are here right now.'

Timur and Amur


Timur and Amur


Timur and Amur


Timur and Amur

Fears that the tiger would suddenly kill and eat the goat have proved wrong - so far. Pictures: Sergey Lanin/PrimaMedia

The tours included a description of how the pair became friendly, and the way they have defied experts by remaining at ease in each others company. Visitors say the tiger and goat chasing each other and lying together in the sun. 

Fears that the tiger would suddenly kill and eat the goat have proved wrong - so far. 

For those who can not come to see Amur and Timur the park launched live webcast from CCTVs.

Comments (6)

It is not rare these friendships between tigers and other animals in the nature.
Christina, Gyor/Hungary
23/02/2016 16:32
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Amazing stuff. I have been following this since the news broke. Incredible. Love it
Soren Bailey, UK
26/01/2016 03:51
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A tiger befriends a pig and a goat is glad. Please read this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Glad-Goat-Forest-Karen-Keleher/dp/0578136686
Claire, Forest Zoo
15/01/2016 15:56
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It is such a relief to get an update on the story of the tiger and the goat, it has been some time since the last story was published. If I could get there, believe me, I would be out there waiting in line as well.
The story really is about a living miracle.
bernard townsend, saint louis missouri united states
09/01/2016 17:33
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Humans should learn from these animals.
Enver Masud, Washington DC USA
06/01/2016 23:31
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if nothing else, it brings some money in the till. an d THAT any zoo can always use! may these two be friends for a long time to come!
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
05/01/2016 00:38
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