It was the viral video that heard a collective “awwwww” from all corners of the planet – and why wouldn’t it?
After all, there’s nothing cuter than a young orangutan babysitting a group of tiger cubs and feeding them milk from a bottle.
Sadly, the truth behind this adorable video is far from pleasant.
The clip was filmed at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), which touts itself as a safe haven for exotic animals – but has been slammed by animal rights activists as a pseudo-sanctuary where animals are torn away from their mothers to serve as props for staged videos like this one.
Watchdog group Eyes On Apes writes that the facility “continues to use the ‘unlikely animal friendships’ angle to exploit endangered species and give the wrong impression of the proper care of these animals.”
The group encourages people not to support the exploitation of animals, writing, “When you receive an email or see images of baby apes with other animals… Take the opportunity to investigate where the animals are living, and politely educate people on the true circumstances.”