By Romita Dey

The animal kingdom is filled with examples we have a lot to learn from. As I am writing this article, there are certain countries going about destroying others for their own selfish needs. Animals, on the other hand, don’t have any such agenda and just don’t harm each other unless off course they need to hunt for food.

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA: Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick Hound are best of friends. Set to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show this Friday (15th May 2009), they eat, swim and even ride on the back of 27-year-old African elephant Bubbles at the T.I.G.E.R.S sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. PHOTOGRAPH BY BARRY BLAND / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com Australasian & Pacific Rim Office, Melbourne. E info@barcroftpacific.com T +613 9510 3188 or +613 9510 0688 W www.barcroftpacific.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 997 1133 889 W www.barcroftindia.com

Dogs have always been man’s best friend. However, do we know about a dog’s best friends? There have been stories about how a Labrador and an elephant have become best friends. There was a story about a dog making friendship with some dolphins even! These friendships have truly defined “interspecies friendships” as they are called.

Here is a story about a dog and an orangutan becoming the best of friends. Yes, you a read that right. A dog and an orangutan have actually transcended all boundaries and have chosen each other as their friend for life.

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The Orangutan, named Suryia and her doggie best friend, named Roscoe don’t just share a friendship, but their whole lives as well. While Suryia makes sure she shares all her bananes with Roscoe (even though he hates them), the latter makes sure that Suryia takes him out on walks!

So how did Suryia, the orangutan and Roscoe, the Bluetick Hound meet?

These two met at a reserve at for endangered animals at South Carolina, USA and hit it off right at their first meeting! Roscoe wasn’t a part of the reserve but Suryia was. It so happened one day that Roscoe followed the reserve staff on their way back from a nearby beach. It was then that Suryia spotted him and came over for making friendship. They have come such a long way since then that recently they were seen together launching a book on their totally uncommon friendship. Suryia was even seen signing the books!