T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach – Opposites attract

Hello again from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Some say opposites attract but what about 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 T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve.  The blue tick hound was immediately spotted by the orangutan who ambled over to make friends.

Founder and Director, Doc Antle 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.

Sounds amazing!  here's a news item from just this week about other animal friends."

From abcnews.go.com
At Noah’s Ark, a wild-animal rescue center in Georgia, the “BLT” are an unlikely trio that even “Oz’s” Dorothy would find hard to fear.

“It’s a lion, a tiger and a bear — oh my!” said Allison Hedgecoth of Noah’s Ark. “They live together and they don’t see their differences. They don’t see their color differences.”

In a small pen, Baloo (an American black bear), Leo (the lion) and Shere Kahn (a Bengal tiger) cuddle, play ball, chase each other around, eat cookies daily and seem to have forged a friendship for life.

“It’s kind of unusual because black bears and tigers would be solitary as adults,” said Rebecca Snyder, a curator of animals at Atlanta’s zoo.

The three predators were rescued as cubs 12 years ago from drug dealers who’d abused and neglected them.

“All of them had issues,” Hedgecoth said. “Leo, the lion, had a big raw spot on his nose. Baloo, the bear, had an ingrown harness where his owners hadn’t lengthened it as he grew, so it actually grew into the skin and it had to be surgically removed. … They have recovered more than 100 percent.”

But when trainers tried to separate the animals, they acted out. For years, trainers said they worried and waited for fights but had witnessed nothing but peace among the three.

Hedgecoth said she didn’t know how the trio had managed to get along together so well and for so long.

“I think that the ordeal they went through as youngsters really bonded them together,” she told ABC News. “That’s all that they had. They only had each other for comfort.”

She said separating them now, after more than a decade together, would be “cruel.”

“There definitely is something special going on between the three of them,” she said. “That is definitely a lesson.”

Guests also enjoy wondrous experiences which live on for a lifetime in the hundreds of individual and group high end professional photographs and video we take of them on this once in a lifetime journey. They leave Preservation Station with images that only a few privileged photographers and explorers on safari have captured after years of travel; a tiger or cheetah running at full speed or swimming across a clear pool, the great apes sliding through the canopy or a large tusked elephant just a breath away. You can tell from their pictures and the letters they send us how it has changed them. This experience happens every day.

 Please join in the worldwide education and conservation efforts at www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

One response to “T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach – Opposites attract

  • Davie Mackay Ballard

    I saw the video of Roscoe & Suryia on the web a while back, and I always return to it whenever my day needs a pick-me-up. As the proud owner of an old Bluetick myself (Elvis, by name), I know exactly what attracted Suryia to that wonderful dog (and it’s easy to see why Roscoe returned the sentiment!). Heart-warming story, amazing pair, and a truly unique and inspiring haven you’ve all created there for those wonderful creatures; this world sorely needs more folk like you.


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