Unusual friends From the tree top
- Published 21.03.07
Can you imagine a pair of Sumatran tiger twins being friends with five-month-old- orangutans Nia and Irma? They are so inseparable that they share a room at the Taman Safari Zoo nursery in Indonesia. All four were abandoned by their natural mothers after birth and have lived together for four months without any sign of hostility. But veterinarians have been saying that this friendship will not last long. That’s because as they grow up their natural survival instincts will kick in. Tigers begin eating meat when they are three months old, unlike the orangutans. Both the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan are endangered species threatened by poaching and illegal logging and cut-and-burn farming in their habitat, the Indonesian rainforests.
From the tree top
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you had a tree house where you could spend your time writing poems and stories without a care in the world? Well, 25-year-old Salim Hossain Gaus of Bangladesh has done just that. He has completed three novels and as many poems perched in a nest of straw, wood and bamboo in Jessore. Salim, who owns a furniture shop, hopes that some day, publishers will come to him and his works will see the light of day. His favourite writers are Rabindranath Tagore and William Shakespeare. In his pursuit of solitude Salim apparently folds the ladder to make sure that no one follows him. Here’s somebody who’s made it to the top before getting started at all.