World's Oddest Animal Couple Splits

Timur the goat and Amur the tiger are no more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2016 12:33 PM CST
World's Oddest Animal Couple Splits
In this photo taken on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, Amur the tiger and Timur the goat walk in a wildlife park near Vladivostok, Russia.   (AP Photo/Igor Selivanov)

A romance that enchanted Russia may be over: As the AP reports, Timur the goat and Amur the tiger have had a fight and aren't together anymore. In November, the goat was placed in the tiger's compound in a wildlife park near Vladivostok with the expectation that the big cat would eventually kill and eat him. But the two not only tolerated each other, they appeared to become friends. The odd couple became a popular topic on social media, and T-shirts celebrating them went on sale.

But Timur started pushing it, constantly annoying and butting the tiger. "Finally, the tiger couldn't hold back, grabbed the goat by the withers and tossed him," park director Dmitry Mezentsev told state news agency Tass on Friday. "We decided to put them in different enclosures for a while," he said. But the split certainly isn't without its humor: "Timur is currently in good health, he says hi and promises to be less cocky from now on and advises other goats to keep it smart," Mezentsev says, per RT, which has video and a still-by-still breakdown of the goat getting the tiger's, er, goat. (More strange stuff stories.)

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