After losing his parents, Roscoe, a 3-year-old orangutan, was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to medical treatment. The vets thought he may die from sadness.
The zookeepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there being treated.
The two lost souls met and have been inseparable ever since.
The orangutan found a new reason to live and each of them always tries his best to be a good companion to his newfound friend.
They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities. They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite pastime.
Although Roscoe (the orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend’s help to swim. Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship.
They make an unlikely duo. But after meeting at a reserve for endangered animals, Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Bluetick hound have become inseparable.
And now the pals have released a picture book capturing their unorthodox friendship.
In one photo, a stubborn Roscoe refuses to eat a banana offered by his friend.
Another shows Suryia in a life jacket closely watching over Roscoe as he goes for a doggie-paddle.
And, as if posing for holiday snaps, they are also captured taking walks through the gardens and posing in front of an elephant.
The friends have garnered worldwide media attention, appearing in the National Geographic magazine and on the Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres shows in the U.S.