A Russian lawmaker has accused the pair of breaking the country’s ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law.
When Timur the goat was placed in the pen of Siberian tiger Cupid, zookeepers were shocked by the big cat’s reaction.
Timur was originally meant as lunch for the feline, but Cupid shocked his carers by befriending the goat instead of tearing him limb from limb.
Their blossoming relationship struck a cord with the Russian public and a video of their antics soon went viral.
One man, however, remained unmoved by the heartwarming story – insisting the duo were in fact breaking the law.
Russian lawyer Alexei Krestianov claims media coverage of the unlikely friendship could turn Russian kids gay by “generating interest in non-traditional sexual relationships.”
He added that their “non-traditional co-habitation” is “an intrusion into the private lives of underage citizens and covert gay propaganda, as well as an active imposition of homosexuality.”
“I believe the positive coverage of this topic is nothing but an intrusion in the private lives of underage citizens and covert propaganda is an active imposition of homosexuality,” he ranted on Facebook.
“This information about non-traditional relationships may have a negative impact on a child’s development, rousing their interest in non-traditional sexual relations, purely because they are unable to understand natural and proper sexual relations between healthy adults.”
And although it seems his bizarre protest has fallen on deaf ears, Krestianov may be happy to learn that the four-legged BFFs have now been separated – but not for the reason he thinks.
Timur had to be removed from Cupid’s cage in order to undergo a medical procedure – with the zoo unsure when he will return.
Get well son Timur!
Watch a video charting the unlikely relationship below.