Captivity does strange things to animals, but what’s happening at Taman Safari animal hospital in Java, Indonesia is outright remarkable!

They have four babies in their care who normally wouldn’t get along. From the Daily Mail article, “The deadly enemies who are the best of friends,”

“Two Sumatran tiger cubs and two baby orang-utans, each pair abandoned by their mother soon after birth, have become inseparable playmates in the nursery room…

Nia and Irma happily snuggle up to the cubs in a way that five-month-old orang-utan sisters would never normally contemplate.”

In the wild, both species are endangered and Sumatran tigers, “might normally regard a baby orang-utan as a snack.”

And now for the adorable photos:

Irma the abandoned orang-utan puts a comforting hand around Dema the month-old tiger cub, before they both drift off to sleep

The best of friends

P.S. Many thanks to Neatorama, for posting this!