1 Chimp + 2 White Tiger Cubs = Awwwwww...

1 Chimp + 2 White Tiger Cubs = Awwwwww…

FOR those of you who haven’t already had the feel-good pleasure of feasting your eyes upon the following images either by email or by a received link, be prepared to be both reduced to a mush and also blown away by the human parallels displayed.

As the story associated story goes, when the white tiger cub pair (Mitra and Shiva) were born during Hurricane Hannah, the flooding of their sanctuary forced their separation from their mother. They ended up at South Carolina’s “The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS)” under the care of infant animal care giver China and her 2 year old chimpanzee companion, Anjana.

Anjana has been by China’s side since she was born and has therefore naturally learned the ropes when it comes to the caring for and raising of baby animals. Having already helped raise leopards, lions, orangutans, Anjana’s maternal behaviour has resulted in her obvious close bond with the white tiger cubs.

Cue the awwwwwwww’s…

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.
Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.
Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.
Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

Anjana the chimpanzee with her white tiger cub friends.

The thing that really gets me about these pictures, taken by Barry Bland, is the incredible visual parallels you can draw between Anjana’s postures, expressions and apparent emotions, to that of a human. I’m blown away.

But wait… we’re all descendants of that naked couple that ran around with the snake and that apple tree and all that right??? Pffffffffft.

QUESTION: If you’ve taken any photos that can rival the cuteness factor in the story above, I want to know about them. Post the links to your shots in the comments section below.

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