When it comes to unlikely friendships, animals never stop surprising us. Especially when the man’s friend joins. Such was the case with three German shepherds and two Siberian tigers, who were inseparable mates at a wildlife sanctuary in Slovakia.
Unfortunately, the Siberian tiger is a critically endangered species, with only a few individuals left in the wild. However, places like the Oasis of the Siberian Tiger, a reserve in Senec, Slovakia, make little effort to protect the species by breeding Siberian tigers.
This place is home to Suria, a two-year-old tiger, and Sunny, a few months old cub, both born there. And since the wildlife love knows no bounds, Oasis is also home to Blacky, Hugo, and Jenny, three adorable German shepherds.
Although tigers and dogs aren’t natural best friends, this fun group breaks down those stereotypes. The dogs and the feral cats are playing together all day long because they are brothers. The Oasis was founded in 1999, and since then, 23 tigers have been born here. Now, 28 of those majestic animals live here.
“It was a pleasure to see it all, and it was amazing to be around these beautiful animals. Suria plays with the dogs every day, and they love her. I love animals and love oasis – it’s a great project to help these endangered tigers,” said Lucia Zustakova, one of the volunteers at the reserve.
“The dogs are almost the same age as Suria and have grown up together. They spend most of their time together,” said Martin Ziman, a volunteer at the oasis. “They are really like siblings and play together all day long. They never hurt each other.”