The real friendship between people knows no age, race, ethnicity or religion, but between the animals, there is no diversity between the species.
As an example, we can take this one between the Bengal tiger cub named Hunter and German Pointer puppy Chelsea. Their apparent differences were not obstacles for them to manage good friendships and stay along with each other. Becoming the best friends they are just too cute that everyone would like to have such a couple!
Hunter is just three weeks younger than Chelsea. Both animals were under the responsibility of a 22-year old Anthea Michaletos, from the Pretoria South Africa, where the two best friends also currently stay.
Hunter’s Sad Start in Life
Hunter was born at the Farm Inn Wildlife. The beginning of a cub life was not the best, not even a decent one, because soon after he came into the world, his mother began to show aggressive behavior towards him. He had to be separated from his mother quickly.
Anthea says: “We believe Hunter was born at a time when the female must have felt compromised while rejecting him.” She adds that because of his mother’s actions, Hunter’s survival was put at risk, people intervened for a greater purpose.
Rough Kind of Friendship
Truly, in many cases, when life drags someone down, it certainly lifts him/his up eventually. After being confronted with a sad and dangerous situation, the tiger cub was given a gift: the gift of friendship.
Since they have been introduced to each other by the people at the sanctuary, they have become rowdy but inseparable friends. Immediately after Chelsea was released out of the cage, he runs to Hunter and greeted him. When they play it looks like they are wrestling because Chelsea always pushes Hunter and Hunter tends to jump over his friend.
Healthy Kind Of Friendship, For Now
Anthea explains that Hunter is the only cub in this litter so it is good that he is able to learn to interact with other species. It is, also good to have a four-legged friend, which has the same experience as he would have with another member of his litter.
Like with the people, the companionship between the animals is key to their life. In fact, whenever it was time for the animals to be separated during the day, as they have separate cages, the animals become sad.
As both animals are still very young, they can still wrestle with each other and play around. However, for the latter animal’s protection, when Hunter reaches six months, he would have to be taken away from Chelsea. Anthea noticed that Hunter always goes for the dog’s throat during their plays so there might be a great possibility that Hunter may put Chelsea down.
Hunter being clingy with Anthea
According to Anthea, the good thing at the moment is that Chelsea does not cry when Hunter tends to be a little too rowdy, which would be his normal reaction. So far, such a reaction hasn’t happened yet.
Anthea assesses that six months would be enough for the animals to have this kind of friendship. After this period, the tendency of aggressiveness to each other will stop and the two animals will start to play too hard.
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