Today’s feature is shorter than usual as it mainly consists of pics, and as we all know, pictures can speak a thousand words. Expect a lot of cuteness!
The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a special preserve for the protection of endangered animals, founded by Dr Bhagavan Antle.
Sensing he would find kindness with these animal lovers, a stray dog named Roscoe, a Blue Tick hound followed staff to the preserve one day in 2009. Dr Antle noticed how thin and lost he looked and decided to take him in.
One of the park’s residents is Suriya, an orangutan who had shown signs of illness and depression after losing his mother and father and had been off his food. He wasn’t responding to medical treatment and the staff were very worried about him.
Suriya immediately spotted Roscoe and came across to introduce himself. Dr Antle and his staff noticed how the orangutan perked up immediately:
“He followed us through the gate and ran over and found Suryia. As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing. It was unusual because dogs are usually scared of primates but they took to each other straight away. We made a few calls to see if he belonged to anyone and when no-one came forward, Roscoe ended up staying”.
It’s been a win-win situation for both of them since they became such firm friends. Now they’re not lonely anymore and live in a loving environment with plenty of fun things to do.
Suriya has work to do at the sanctuary, helping raise baby primates, but spends all his spare time with Roscoe, taking him for regular walks. Roscoe even enjoys the monkey biscuits which Suriya gives him. They love swimming together and even ride on the broad friendly back of long-term resident Bubbles, an African elephant.
So in this case, a dog isn’t just man’s best friend but a beautiful, smiling orangutan’s best friend too.
Here’s a link to their official website for those who’d like to know more:
See some more of the two besties in this lovely video here: