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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chimpanzee befriends baby Tigers

THIS cute chimpanzee isn't just a primate - she is this baby tiger's BEST mate. Loving Anjana cradles the white tiger cub after acting as surrogate mother to him and his twin brother.

And the two-year-old chimpanzee clearly isn't monkeying around, she has also raised LEOPARDS and LIONS. Anjana has been helping zoo keeper China York look after 23-day-old cubs at TIGERS (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) in South Carolina, US. White tigers can grow to nearly 660lbs and when they do, Anjana will no longer be just a cub sandwich - she could end up as a portion of chimps.

The chimp took on the crucial surrogate role after the youngsters were separated from their mother. She turned aggressive after being spooked when hurricane Hannah ripped through the institute.

The institute has 45 big cats, including white-and-red-striped golden tabby tigers - one of the rarest big cat breeds. There are also bears, other primates and an African elephant.