THIS is the adorable moment when a baby monkey is seen playing around with his tiger ‘best friend’ at a Chinese zoo.
The rare pairing was caught on video at the Hengshui Wildlife Park in northern China’s Hebei Province last Thursday.
In the footage, baby monkey Ban Jin is seen trying to mount his pal named ‘September,’ the three-month-year old tiger cub’s back.
Once he get on after an initial struggle, the pair seem in perfect harmony as they stroll around the enclosure, which zookeepers allow them to do at times.
The duo built a bond as they were born around the same time and raised together, one zookepeer revealed.
In an interview with the MailOnline, a park manager Ms Dai said: “At first, Ban Jin was quite afraid [of the tiger].
“But they quickly became familiar with each other and are now best friends. We would let them play together sometimes.”
The zoo shared the cute clip of the pair on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok where it quickly amassed over 200,000 views.
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Fans who seemed to be already acquainted with Ban Jin couldn’t contain their excitement about the clip and expressed their views on Douyin.
One viewer said: “Ban Jin is getting bolder these days. Look how much he enjoys the piggyback!”
While another said: “What an adorable combo. The little monkey wants to play with the little tiger.”