In the wild, wolves and tigers are often mortal enemies, fighting for food and territory.
These two, on the other hand, are the best of friends, especially seeing as they were friends since being only two weeks old.
Rescued and kept together in a South Carolina animal sanctuary to ensure their survival, they are now at the start of their journey as animal ambassadors for T.I.G.E.R.S (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species).
The happy-go-lucky pair are unaware that their species are sworn enemies in the wild and love goofing around together.
At three months old, the cubs love hanging out together and even share the same bottles of milk formula.
Despite being a similar age, the wolf cub is about twice the weight of its tiger counterpart at 25lbs.
“At the moment the tigers will have a size and weight disadvantage to their canine friends.”
“So that means that the wolves are a bit pushy with their tiger pals in their shared environment.”
“However, as I am sure you will have guessed, even though the wolves are bigger at three months, after another five months it will be the tigers who will be able to push the wolves around.”
The tiger cub will be expected to weigh at around 250lbs compared to its wolf bestie who will weigh around 180 lbs.
“Even though they will have spent eight months together, after that time they will have to be separated. The size difference and species difference will become apparent.”
“They bonded so well and have become very used to one another.”
“The wolves are a bit bolder than the tigers at the moment, nibbling their ears and playing a bit rougher, but that will change as the tigers grow older and larger.”
“We surround the tigers with cuddly toys so that they can make a nest, and the wolves are always trying to invade and share that space with the tigers.”
“It is heart-warming to watch them now and to think that in a few months time that they will no longer be near to each other. It is quite sad, but they will enjoy their time together.”