Trouble in paradise: Amur the tiger mauls 'roomie' Timur the goat (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
“Timur is currently in good health, he says hi and promises to be less cocky from now on and advises other goats to keep it smart,” park director Dmitriy Mezentsev said in a press release.
The park published a 30-minute video, showing what had happened step-by-step. We break down the half-hour-long slowly unfolding drama for you.
The video starts with happy-clappy images of the goat and the tiger together. They became pals in November and have been attracting attention ever since. When the staff tried separating the two, they wouldn’t have it: Amur roared at nights suffering the loss. So they were reunited.
But things started to turn sour when Timur the goat got a little too comfortable and became a tad too bold with the dangerous big cat.
The brazen goat went as far as scratching his horns on Amur’s delicate fur. He spent hours doing it, annoying the patient tiger further, until he couldn’t take it anymore and snapped at Timur. The video shows Amur jumping up and mauling the goat for a few seconds before throwing him to the ground and turning away.
Timur tried to get up, but couldn’t, he just lay there in the snow for a while, looking exceptionally sad.
Little did he know that a rescue operation was already underway: the staff were luring the big cat into a “canteen” with a live rabbit as his prey, so they could enter the enclosure and grab Timur.
Timur was then taken to the vet who examined him and said he was in good health, but needed rest after the shock.
“Time will tell if we will return him to Amur, it’s too early to tell. For the moment, he needs to recover and to rest.” Mezentsev told Russian media.
From its very beginning, the unusual friendship between the two unlikely buddies has sparked speculation. Both sceptics and fans couldn’t quite answer the question, “What keeps the tiger from eating the goat?”
This latest spin in their relationship once again goes to prove that for some reason the tiger doesn’t want to eat the goat, if he wanted to kill him, he would have done it right away. Instead, he chose to give him a lesson and set him free.