Eɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ Siberian Tigers Befriend German Shepherds At Wildlife Sanctuary (11 Pics)

We all know tigers and dogs are not naturally best friends, but the story today will destroy those stereotypes. Friendships can be formed in the most interesting ways. Especially when it comes to unlikely friendships, animals never cease to amaze us.

This is the amazing friendship which has developed between three German shepherds Blacky, Hugo, and Jenny and two Eɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ Siberian tigers Suria and Sunny. They are living at a wildlife sanctuary called Oasis in Slovakia, where they protect Siberian tigers and breed them peacefully.

The park’s owner, Yvetea Irsova Over thinks the animals would grow apart when they grow up but that is not the case. The older tiger – Suria – has been inseparable from the dogs since she was born two years ago. Incredibly, the Oasis’s newest addition – four-month-old cub Sunny – seems to be following in her footsteps and has struck up a friendship with the canines too.

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. They love play ꜰɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ but never actually ʜᴜʀᴛ each other, they have been inseparable since Suria was born.

“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 ᴇxᴛɪɴᴄᴛɪᴏɴ,” said Lucia Zustakova, one of the volunteers at the sanctuary.

The oasis is run by Yveta Irsova, who also owns the dogs. It opened in 1999 and houses 28 tigers, 23 of which were born there. The sanctuary aims to ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ a small population of tigers from ᴇxᴛɪɴᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and contribute to the genetic pool for the breeding of the critically Eɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ lions. With several species of tigers already ᴇxᴛɪɴᴄᴛ, Yveta and her staff are completely passionate about trying to stop the same fate happening to Siberian tigers, who are ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs of intense ᴘᴏᴀᴄʜɪɴɢ and habitat ʟᴏss.

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