True love knows no bounds, whether that be ethnicity, age, religion, or in this case, species, writes kingdomstv
Meet Hunter, a young and playful Bengal tiger cub who was born at the Farm Inn Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa.
He had to be separated from his mother who lived in captivity after she began showing some aggressive behavior towards him.
“We believe that Hunter was born at a time when the female must have felt compromised in some way as she rejected him,” Anthea Michaletos said, a volunteer at the sanctuary.
“He was the only cub in his litter and it’s very important for him to have a companion”, staff were worried he would lack love and comfort his mother would’ve provided.
This is when Hunter began to bond with Michaletos’ puppy Chelsea who was a German pointer.
“We currently have a baby tiger, he’s almost three months old now and his name is Hunter,” said Michaletos.
“And I have a puppy, a German Shorthaired Pointer, she’s about four months nearly and her name is Chelsea. They seem to really enjoy one another.”
Now the little guys are always together, “In the mornings when I take Chelsea out, she will run to his cage and greet him,” she said.
“There is a lot of wrestling involved, Chelsea pushes him over and then he jumps on her. For him to have a four legged friend is very helpful because he can play in the same way that he would with another litter mate.”
Companionship is vital for the young cubs, they even become sad when it’s time for them to split up during the day.
Unfortunately though, the pairs bond had to end after a few months, a six month old tiger cub can be dangerous to play with for a six month old puppy.