The zoo decided to separate Timur for his own safety. But why the change of heart? After all, they threw him into Amur's den in the first place.
As The Dodo has previously reported, Timur and Amur have become internationally recognized commodities for the zoo, which has gone so far as to trademark the animals. Between the increased attendance and the numerous movie deals, Timur has more monetary worth than he did when he was a nameless goat being used as live food.
Now, Timur is being treated for his wounds. "We made anti-shock therapy to relieve stress and gave him antibiotics - strong medicines because it is likely the wounds are infected. We suppressed the development of infection, from which most of the animals die in such cases," said Mezentsev.
In light of the recent news, it's unclear what will come of Timur and Amur's relationship and whether the zoo will decide to reunite these natural enemies.
Out of all the uncertainty, there's probably no one in greater confusion than poor Timur, the goat who has gone from food to friend to internationally recognized commodity. In a matter of mere weeks, he's undergone more dramatic changes than most goats do in an entire lifetime.