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article imageTiger and orangutan babies, enemies in jungle, playmates at Indonesia zoo

By bluecharlie     Feb 28, 2007 in World
What do you get when you mix a pair of one month-old Sumatran tigers with a set of young orangutans? Why, playmates of course! At least that's what happened at the Indonesia Zoo.
While it is an unthinkable match in their natural jungle habitat in Indonesia's tropical rain forests it isn't at the zoo. The friendship between 5-month-old female baby primates Nia and Irma and cubs Dema and Manis has blossomed at the Taman Safari zoo, where they share a room in the nursery.
All four were abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth. They play fight, nipping and teasing each other, and cuddle up for a shared nap when they are worn out.
"This is unusual and would never happen in the wild," zoo keeper Sri Suwarni said Wednesday. "Like human babies, they only want to play."
The four have lived side-by-side for a month without a single act of hostility, she said.
It is said this friendship will not last due to their natural instincts. When the time comes they will be separated. Until then this foursome can enjoy each others company.
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