Friday, June 15, 2012

Sunny Side Up

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
- George Eliot -

This week’s sunny side up is another photo of an unusual animal friendship and the endearing story behind it.

A matchup of captive-born babies was the talk of the Taman Safari Zoo in Cisarua, Indonesia. One-month-old Sumatran tiger twins and a pair of little orangutans just a few months older shared a room in the zoo’s nursery. The parents of both primates and cats had proven unfit or uninterested in their young, so zoo staff decided to mother the whole bunch as one litter.

The orangutans, Nia and Irma, and tigers, Dema and Manis, formed something like a nursery school romper room when they were brought together during the day.

“As is common with baby animals, they’d run and play together,” says animal curator Sharamy Prastiti. “Sometimes an orangutan would pounce on the belly of a tiger. Other times a cub would bite an orangutan’s ear. They loved to tease each other, like kids do.”

Naptime turned boisterous individuals into a furry pile of snoring babies. Cuddling, nuzzling—orangutans and kittens were content to be physically close as much as possible. The former pals now have no contact at all, a separation that’s appropriate and necessary to keep them safe.

Story and photo found here.


  1. Do you remember the story of Koko the gorilla and the kitten, All Ball? This reminded me of it.