When it comes to unlikely friendships, animals never cease to amaze us. Especially when the man’s friend gets involved. It’s also the case of three German shepherds and two Siberian tigers, who’re inseparable mates at a wildlife sanctuary in Slovakia.
Unfortunately, Siberian tiger is a critically endangered species, with only a few individuals left in the wild. But, places like the Oasis of the Siberian Tiger, a sanctuary in Senec, Slovakia, are hardly trying to protect this species, by breeding Siberian tigers. The place is the home of Suria, a two years old tiger and Sunny, a few months old cub, both born there. And since the wildlife love knows no borders, the Oasis is also home for Blacky, Hugo and Jenny, three adorable German shepherds.
While tigers and dogs are not, naturally best friends, these happy group destroys those stereotypes. The dogs and the wild cats are playing together all day long, as they are brothers. The Oasis was founded in 1999 and since then, 23 tigers were born here. Now, 28 of those majestic animals are living here.
“It is nice to see it all and it is so amazing when you are so near these beautiful animals. Suria plays with the dogs every day and they just love her. I love animals and love the oasis – it’s a great project to help these tigers that are facing extinction,” said Lucia Zustakova, one of the volunteers at the sanctuary.
“The dogs are almost same age as Suria and have grown up together. They spend most of the time together,” Martin Ziman, volunteer at the oasis said. “They are really like siblings and play together all day long. They never hurt each other.”