This tiger cub was ʀᴇᴊᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ by his ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, but he found an unlikely friend to help him develop important life skills: a ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴ pointer puppy.
Friendship knows no bounds, whether that’s age, ʀᴀᴄᴇ, ᴇᴛʜɴɪᴄɪᴛʏ, ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏɴ, or during this case, species writes ᴋɪɴɢᴅᴏᴍs ᴛᴠ. Take this Bengal tiger cub names Hunter, and a ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴ Pointer puppy named Chelsea, despite their clear differences they became the simplest of friends. Chelsea is merely three weeks older than the hunter and both are under the care of the Wildlife Sanctuary in Pʀᴇᴛᴏʀɪᴀ, Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aꜰʀɪᴄᴀ. Sᴀᴅʟʏ, the cub Hunter was ʀᴇᴊᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ by his own ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ a couple of days after he was ʙᴏʀɴ.
Unfortunately, his ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ started showing ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ ʙᴇʜᴀᴠɪᴏʀ towards him which meant he had to be separated from her.
“We believe that Hunter was ʙᴏʀɴ at a time when the feminine must have felt ᴄᴏᴍᴘʀᴏᴍɪsᴇᴅ in how as she ʀᴇᴊᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ him,” Anthea Michaletos, volunteer at the sanctuary said. The staff couldn’t do anything to ᴀʟʟᴇᴠɪᴀᴛᴇ the ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ’s ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ ʙᴇʜᴀᴠɪᴏʀ towards Hunter, so they had no choice but to take him away from his ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ. The volunteers were the ones who acted as Hunter’s ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀs, feeding, cleaning, and nurturing his growth. The tiger cub felt at ease and was already used to seeing the people around taking care of him.
Life looks funny at times. It can pull you down and also lift you up. Hunter, after his ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs and ᴘɪᴛɪᴀʙʟᴇ experiences, has got a ᴜɴɪǫᴜᴇ gift to share— a gift of friendship!Hunter and Chelsea became friends when the people at the Sanctuary introduced them to each other. Chelsea, a ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴ Pointer puppy that they raised. Chelsea was only three weeks older than Hunter, which makes her a perfect candidate as a playmate, and they weren’t wrong. Hunter and Chelsea became inseparable best friends.
Everyone was sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇᴅ at how quickly they got along. They would spend most of their time together wrestling and running around ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ, of course with their caretaker’s sᴜᴘᴇʀᴠɪsɪᴏɴ. At present, Chelsea does not ꜰᴇᴇʟ ʜᴜʀᴛ each time Hunter became rowdy. But, the dog tends to ᴄʀʏ when it becomes ᴜɴᴄᴏᴍꜰᴏʀᴛᴀʙʟᴇ. Interestingly, the instances above have not been recorded yet. At some point in the day, their playtime would eventually end, and they had to be separated. They would both feel pretty lonely when it happens. Although, for them, tomorrow is another day, and they both couldn’t wait to play with each other again.“In the mornings when I take Chelsea out, she will run to his cage and greet him,” Anthea said.
Sᴀᴅ to say, their friendship would probably end after Hunter reaches the age of six months. The staff is worried that it will pose a risk on Chelsea if they continue to let them play. But before that happens, they let them cherish every moment as playful best friends. Although there are friendships like theirs that lasted.
Take for example Suria, a Siberian Tiger, in Sᴇɴᴇᴄ, Sʟᴏᴠᴀᴋɪᴀ, and the bond she made with three ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴ Sʜᴇᴘʜᴇʀᴅs – Blacky, Hugo, and Jenny. They had been together since they were pups and cubs, and even when Suria grew up twice as big as the dogs, they’re still able to enjoy their leisure time together. Hopefully, it would be the same with Hunter and Chelsea in the future.