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Last Updated: Thursday March 01 2007 06:30 GMT

In pics: Tigers and orang-utans buddy up

A Sumatran tiger cub cuddles up to a baby orang-utan

A pair of four-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs have become best friends with some baby orang-utans while sharing a room at an Indonesian zoo.

A Sumatran tiger cub cuddles up to a baby orang-utan

The cuddly creatures, who were abandoned at birth, have become inseparable and spend hours playing and cuddling up together.

A Sumatran tiger cub cuddles up to a baby orang-utan

Their friendship is very unusual because tigers and orang-utans are normally enemies in the jungle where they usually live.

A zoo worker feeds a Sumatran tiger cub and baby orang-utan

"This would never happen in the wild," said zookeeper Sri Suwarni. "Like human babies, they only want to play."

A Sumatran tiger cub cuddles up to a baby orang-utan

Sadly their friendship won't last. The tigers will have to be separated from their playmates before they are three months old as that's when they develop a taste for eating meat!



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