A Russian goat whose bromance flourished with a tiger after the predator decided not to eat him died after an attack by the big cat had deteriorated his health.
In 2015, safari park staff placed the goat, Timur, in the fence of the male Siberian tiger Amur as live prey.
Instead of tearing the bleating creature to pieces, Amur made friends with his meal. He even refrained from chewing when Timur came to his bed.
Undated file photo shows Timur, depicted behind Amur, who was sent into the big cat hole as living prey in 2015 and would be the predator's lunch
The adventures of the two unlikely friends, pictured, ended on Tuesday after the death of Timur
Undated file photo. The tiger did not even get angry when the goat landed on his bed (photo)
Guardians in the park said he avoided a near certain death in the pen of the tiger because he was fearless.
The couple lived together in relative harmony for the past five years, but Amur lashed out at Timur after the goat became confident and began to challenge him.
& # 39; Timur has been harassing the tiger for about a month, & # 39; said Dmitry Mezentsev, the director of the safari park.
In January 2016, the tiger lost its patience after the goat approached him. He grabbed Timur and threw him down a hill.
After their fight, the enemies were divorced, but Timur's health changed.
He began to limp and lost part of his zest for life while he & # 39; cheeky & # 39; remained, Mezentsev said.
Undated file photo. After the two were divorced in 2016, park head Dmitry Mezentsev tried to find a suitable partner for Timur
Undated file photo. The park sent the goat to Moscow for treatment, but he has never fully recovered from the attack of the tiger, who is still alive and lives in the safari park
The park sent the goat to Moscow for treatment, but he has never fully recovered from the attack of the tiger, who is still alive and lives in the safari park.
At one point, the goat became so satisfied with his tiger friend that he could not stop eating and became obese.
The goat died of natural causes, but his health deteriorated after the argument with Timur.
The heart of Timur stopped beating on November 5 & # 39 ;, Mezentsev said from the park at the Pacific port of Vladivostok.
He is buried with & # 39; full honor & # 39 ;, his keeper Elvira Golovina added.
In a story that fascinated Russia, Timur was sent to the safari park as living prey for Amur the Siberian tiger.
Mezentsev, who studies tigers and leopards, described the improbable friendship as nothing less than a miracle and a & # 39; sign from above & # 39; for people to be friendlier to each other.
Timur and Amur slept in the same enclosure, ate and played together. The tiger tried to teach the goat how to catch prey. They also played playfully with their heads and chased each other.
Undated file photo. Park rangers said the goat, Timur, only survived because he & # 39; fearless & # 39; used to be
The owners are now planning to place a bronze monument on Timur's grave.
Many Russians said online that they were saddened by his death.
& # 39; Undaunted Timur, you will remain in our hearts forever & # 39 ;, said a grieving.
The couple turned into a huge tourist attraction for Russians and the development of their relationship was eagerly followed on the web.
The park invested in a huge production line in souvenirs of the unlikely double act, their most popular animals.
Park officials were under great pressure to separate them, amid the fear of many followers – including naturalists – that the tiger would suddenly turn against the goat and eat it.
Shortly after the tiger put an end to Timur's annoying behavior in January 2016, a goat owner tried to offer the fearless goat a partner.
The lady sent courting was a female goat named after the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel – who wore a Louis Vuitton collar and horn rings – began to wear a tiger skin print cloth in the hope that she would be more attractive at her price.
& # 39; (Her partner) must be someone tough, and I think any goat that can tame a tiger is a good candidate for the job, & # 39; said Merkel's owner, farmer Oleg Sirota.
Oleg added: & # 39; She really wants to see her husband. There is a photo of Timur in her booth and she keeps looking at him all the time. & # 39;
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