PICK OF THE WEEK: Tigers cuddle with apes

Tigers don’t normally snuggle with orangutans, but when tiger cubs Demis and Manis were rejected by their mother, zooke-epers at Taman Safari Zoo, Indonesia thought they might like the company of two other orphans Nia and Irma the orangutans.

“The first time I put them together, they just played,” says zookeeper Sri Suwarni. The four shared toys, wrestled, and took naps together. Then one morning, Nia and Irma began hugging Demis the tiger, and he lick-kissed them back! “That’s when I knew they were true friends,” Suwarni says.

As the tigers grew, their natural instincts started showing, so Suwarni moved them.