Animals are often seen as dumb and beneath human beings in many societies and religions. The Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions believe that animals are here for man's benefit--man's greed in my opinion. There are many cases of animals saving human beings from a burning house, get help when lost and even cases of them being able to dial the phone for help such as if the owner has a seizure of heart attack!! There are many who think they are incapable of emotions such as love, compassion and concern but there have been numerous cases of the opposite. These animals may not know that they are experiencing emotions but their actions show that they clearly are motivated by some level of emotional motivation. Well animals are also capable and willing to help other animals too. Take the case of the chimpanzee Anjana who has adopted two white tiger cubs as her own when their mother rejected them. She is an expert it seems at these things as she has previously helped raise leopards and lions. “She gives them a bottle and lies with them — she is a great assistant.” The cubs have become almost inseparable from their new motherly figures. She has a close contact and bond and gives them a nurturing.
Anjana has been helping zoo keeper China York look after 23-day-old cubs Mitra and Shiva at TIGERS (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) in South Carolina. The chimp took on the crucial surrogate role after the youngsters were separated from their mother.
Bottle Anjana has been a constant companion to infant animal carer China — and the chimp loves aping her work.
TIGERS founder Dr Bhagavan Antle said: “Anjana has joined China in caring for baby animals. Monkey see, monkey do and Anjana has helped China raise them.
“She has acted as a surrogate mother to leopards, lions and orangutans and has done the same with these baby white tigers.
“She gives them a bottle and lies with them — she is a great assistant.”
TIGERS has bred and reared many rare and talented animals. This year they unveiled their latest “liger” cub — bred from a lion father and a tiger mother.
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.
Love The highly-trained carers at the institute have trained animals to appear in more than 500 movies, including Hollywood blockbusters Dr Dolittle and Forrest Gump.
Dr. Antle added: “The animals are given thousands of hours of training and constant care. “People think it is dangerous to get so close to wild animals but the handlers have been with them since they were cubs and have developed a special friendship based on love and respect.”
That might be the case but Anjana should be careful around her feline friends