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A Russian goat whose bromance with a tiger blossomed after the predator decided not to have him for dinner, has died after an attack from the big cat caused his health to deteriorate.
In 2015, safari park staff placed the goat, Timur, in the enclosure of male Siberian tiger, Amur, as live prey.
Bleating - Creature - Shreds - Amur - Friends
Instead of tearing the bleating creature to shreds, Amur made friends with his meal. He even refrained from chomping him when Timur muscled in on his bed.
Keepers at the park said he avoided a near-certain death in the tiger's pen because he was fearless.
Pair - Harmony - Years - Amur - Timur
The pair lived together in relative harmony for the past five years, however, Amur lashed out at Timur after the goat grew confident and started to challenge him.
'Timur hassled the tiger for about a month,' said Dmitry Mezentsev, the director of the safari park.
January - Tiger - Patience - Goat - Timur
In January 2016 the tiger lost patience after the goat stepped on him. He grabbed Timur and threw him off a hillock.
After their tiff, the frenemies were separated but Timur's health took a turn for the worse.
Zest - Life - 'cheeky - Mezentsev
He started limping and lost some of his zest for life, while remaining 'cheeky', Mezentsev said.
The park sent the goat to Moscow for treatment but he never fully recovered from the attack by the tiger, who is still alive and living at the safari park.
Point - Goat - Tiger - Pal - Eating
At one point, The goat became so content with his tiger pal that he could not stop eating and grew obese.
The goat died of natural causes but his health deteriorated following the altercation with Timur.
Timur - Heart - November - Mezentsev - Park
Timur's heart stopped beating on November 5,' Mezentsev said from the park near the Pacific port of Vladivostok.
He will be buried with 'full honours,' his keeper Elvira Golovina added.
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