Solo the dog who has struck up an unlikely friendship — with a TIGER.
The tricolour Border Collie and the eight-month old tiger cub are inseparable,
sleeping, eating and playing together.
The new buddies even share meals from the same bowl and groom one another.
Game keeper Ashley Gombert, from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, first noticed
his trusty dog was friendly with the ferocious cat when he spotted them
splashing around in a lake.
And ever since he hasn’t been able to tear them apart, even letting both ride
shotgun in his jeep when he travels into town.
Ashley said: “Solo is like a big brother to all the tiger cubs, but this
particular one has been literally following him around everywhere.
“They will share food from the same bowl and playfully splash around in the
“They all love jumping in the back of the Jeep and heading into town.”
But Ashley added: “Solo’s Border Collie instincts will kick in sometimes. He
will try and herd the tigers or control them if they step out of line.
“It shows that he is very caring though. He’s even taken to grooming them and
definitely makes sure we are looking after them properly.”
The tiger cub — which was taken to Ashley’s Sea View Game and Wildlife Park
when he was orphaned along with his three brothers and sisters — loves
nothing more than play-fighting with his new best friend.
Ashley added: “I’ve had interaction with tigers since I was 14, but I’ve never
seen one become friends with anything other than its own kind.
“Solo has grown up around tigers. He loves to swim, and the tigers love to
swim too, so they can often be seen splashing around in the water.
The tiger cubs — which haven’t been named yet — will be re-homed in their own
enclosure once they are fully grown.
But Ashley is positive the duo can continue being friends.
He said: “Solo is like a big brother to all the tiger cubs who get brought in
to the farm, so I’m sure they will stay close even when the tigers are 300