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The odd couple: How an orang-utan and stray dog became best friends

By jim Published: May 16, 2009

Odd couples come in all shapes and sizes but the story of the primate and the canine who are best friends has proved to be a match made in showbiz heaven.

Suryia the orang-utan and Roscoe a Blue Tick hound became friends when they crossed paths at a South Carolina sanctuary for endangered animals. Now they swim together, play together and Suryia even takes the dog for his walks.

A resident at an animal sanctuary in South Carolina, Suryia was minding his own business when a blue tick hound wandered into the compound two years ago. The orangutan inexplicably and immediately took a liking to the dog, who sanctuary staff named Roscoe.

"As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing," recalls Dr Bhagavan Antle, the founder of the The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach. "It was unusual because dogs are usually scared of primates but they took to each other straight away."

The unlikely pair spend a few hours every day rolling around, swimming, or just hanging out. Suryia even takes Roscoe for walks and shares his monkey biscuits with him.

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