A male orangutan at a nature preserve in South Carolina has adopted four tiger cubs as his own.
Suryia watched zookeepers at Myrtle Beach Safari bottle-feed the tigers cubs, and decided to copy their actions.
In the video below, filmed by Animals Media, he can also be seen hugging and cuddling up to the little tigers. He spends almost every day taking care of them as well.
“Suryia showed genuine interest in the cubs when the humans were feeding and caring for them,” senior trainer Robert Johnson told ABC News. “As the saying goes, ‘monkey see, monkey do.’ Suryia started mimicking the human care giving behaviors and became very connected to the mothering process, which is particularly interesting for a male orangutan.”
The tiger cubs who appear in the video are all 1 to 2 months old and enjoy getting bottle-fed by Suryia, who was born at Myrtle Beach Safari. He is one of four orangutans who live there.
“He lives with his brothers and sisters and 10 other apes as well,” said Dr. Bhagavan Antle, director of RareSpeciesFund.org.
The 33-second clip has gone viral, garnering more than 1 million views since it was first posted to YouTube.
Check out the video of the orangutan babysitting tiger cubs here (Warning: Cuteness overload.):