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  • 21 January 2014, 9:45

Indonesia Man Is 'Best Friends' With Tiger

An Indonesian man has struck up an unlikely friendship with a 28-stone Bengal tiger.

Abdullah Sholeh has become a best friend and full-time nanny to Mulan Jamilah since the animal was gifted to his Islamic school as a three-month-old cub.

Abdullah, 33, regularly sleeps, plays and fights with the huge tiger at the school in Malang in Indonesia's East Java province.

The pair are so close that Abdullah often chooses to sleep alongside the big cat in her enclosure instead of in his own bed.

Mulan now weighs 178kg (28 stone), is three metres long, including her tail, and one metre high.

For security reasons, metal bars have been installed to separate the pair when they are together in the enclosure.

Mulan is fed 6kg (13lbs) of chicken or goat meat twice a day.

Tigers are believed to have killed more humans than any of the other big cats.

The most comprehensive study carried out so far estimated that 373,000 people had been killed by tigers between 1800 and 2009.

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