Friendship between lion, tiger amazes visitors in wildlife park
The unusual friendship between a white lion and a Bengal tiger that belong to two different species of wild cats amazed the visitors in Istanbul’s Aslan Park, a wildlife park that homes to 13 animal species.
The white lion called Pamuk and the Bengal tiger called Toby were born 18 months ago and became inseparable friends.
First, the two were separated when they were four months old but later the zookeepers reunited them after realizing their sadness.
"We wanted to separate them as both belong to different species. Then we realize uneasiness in animals. We started to think about the cause. When they got together later, we saw that they want to stay with each other. They became friends within four months.” Aslan Park General Manager Gökmen Aydın said.
Pamuk and Toby who spend most of the day asleep, enjoy playing together for the rest of the time and cannot stand even short-term separations due to illness and vaccinations.
“They sometimes sleep while hugging each other,” said Aydın.
However, this friendship may not last forever. Both Pamuk and Toby are expected to mate with a partner from their own species and give birth to offspring when their mating period comes.
The park also hosts Siberian tigers, caracals, lynx, cougars and black leopards.