T.I.G.E.R.S – Best Friends Fur-Ever

This Baby Monkey, Lion and Tiger Are Best Friends Fur-Ever

Good day from T.I.G.E.R.S. and Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach!  The tour for this season is coming to a close very soon but the staff of professional trainers live with the animals 24/7, year-round.  

Some think it is dangerous to get so close to wild animals like these, but the handlers here at T.I.G.E.R.S. have been with these animals since they were cubs and have developed a special friendship based on love and respect. In fact, Dr. Antle and his partner Kheira have actually delivered many of the cubs in the enclosure with the mothers because of their special relationships.

T.I.G.E.R.S. has a proven method of training these animals: Never treat them as pets, lots of tender loving care, and thousands of hours of one-on-one handling create special relationships.

One such relationship is not between trainer and animal, but between two unlikely animal friends:

Vali the 16-month-old chimp and Bam Bam the 5-month-old grizzly bear made fast friends at Myrtle Beach Safari park, where they put their differences aside to play, cuddle, and more or less, melt our hearts.

The pair were introduced after the South Carolina's park staff realized they were about the same size. "We got them out there playing on a sunny day, and they went on and on for hours," said Park owner Bhagavan Antle. "Neither of them wanted to quit."

After all, not much can slow these buddies down. "They would both lie down and fall asleep at our feet, wake back up and start wrestling again," added Antle.

And that's a routine that repeats itself every single day, species aside.

"Bam Bam ultimately has more power," Antle said, "but Vali tricks him and can constantly get behind him. He will throw things at Bam Bam and run around him in circles." – peoplepets.com – Barry Bland/Rex USA

Myrtle Beach attraction, T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and the R.S.F. (Rare Species Fund) are based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  For more information, please visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

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