Suryia and Roscoe the Orangutan and Blue Tick Hound

Take one Orangutan and a lost, but found, Blue Tick Hound and what do you get?  A unique and unusual friendship of two inseparable companions, Suryia and Roscoe.   We love this pair and we’re sure you will too!

The pair first encountered each other two years ago when Roscoe, the dog,  followed the staff, from The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach, home.  He was immediately spotted by the orangutan who ambled over to make friends.

“He followed us through the gate and ran over and found Suryia. As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing. It was unusual because dogs are usually scared of primates but they took to each other straight away. We made a few calls to see if he belonged to anyone and when no-one came forward, Roscoe ended up staying.” said Dr.Bhagavan Antle, founder of TIGERS.

“They will spend a few hours each day together rolling around, swimming,’ said Dr Antle. ‘Suryia will take Roscoe for walks around the enclosure and even feeds him some of his monkey biscuits. When they are both feeling a little lazy they will go for a ride on the back of Bubbles, our 27-year-old African elephant.”


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Thank you to TIGERS for giving us permission to share this wonderful story about Suryia & Roscoe.

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