Hello again from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! Some say opposites attract but can anyone imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog? Is it even possible? With Suryia and Roscoe it is!
When Suryia the orangutan first met Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start. The two became friends when they crossed paths at Tigers Preserve. The blue tick hound was immediately spotted by the orangutan who ambled over to make friends.
Dr Bhagavan Antle, founder of TIGERS said: 'Roscoe looked really thin and a little lost so we fed him and took care of him; '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. Now they swim together, play together and Suryia even takes the dog for his walks.
Suryia is an animal ambassador at the preserve helping to raise baby primates but likes nothing better than spending quality time with his canine friend on his day off.
'They will spend a few hours each day together rolling around, swimming,' said Dr Antle. 'Suryia will take Roscoe for walks around the enclosure and even feeds him some of his monkey biscuits. When they are both feeling a little lazy they will go for a ride on the back of Bubbles, our 27-year-old African elephant.' That was two years ago and they’ve been fast friends since. Their story has been featured in many articles and TV shows including National Geographic's Unlike Animal Friends.
Their story has also been published in book form, to to www.suryiaandroscoe.com.
This is a very special kind of Wildlife presentation with the world's rarest big cats. With T.I.G.E.R.S you will observe and learn about many rare and unique animals, in a new and completely different way. You will not see animals sleeping or pacing in cages, as you may find in "traditional" zoos. Instead you will have a look at some of the most magnificent creatures on Earth up close and uncaged you can see and photograph the animals climbing and jumping and doing all the natural activities they would normally do in the wild. Why go to such great lengths? Because at T.I.G.E.R.S. people can get up-close and educational view of these glorious beasts. All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.
For more information on Suryia and Roscoe or the T.I.G.E.R.S. tour in Myrtle Beach, visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.