Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the dog were two 'lost souls' when they first met, but they became instant friends upon meeting each other. Both Suryia and Roscoe live at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Orangatans are one of the most endangered species on earth, due to the rapid loss of their forest habitat to palm oil producers. After losing his parents, Suryia was so depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought the 3-year-old orangutan would die from a broken heart.
As fate would have it, when zoo keepers were out with Suryia in the park one day, they came across an old dog (Roscoe) on the zoo grounds. As soon as they saw each other, Suryia ran over to the hound dog and hugged him. The two bonded immediately, and the orphaned dog found a new family.
The pair have been inseparable ever since. Suryia always has to share half his food to Roscoe. The pair also share activities such as swimming. Swimming is one of their favorites, although Suryia is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend's help to swim. The zoo keepers say the animals have fun and interactions they don't get with anyone else - they're true friends.