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A Lawyer Thinks This Tiger’s Friendship With A Goat Is “Gay Propaganda”

This is why we can’t have nice things.

1. Remember this awesome video of a tiger and a goat being best friends from a few months ago?

Taken in the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia, the goat was meant to be a meal for the Siberian tiger named Cupid.

2. But rather than be devoured, the fearless goat — later named Timur — befriended the big cat. Cue “awwws” and probably a Disney film or something in the future.

3. But not everyone is as enamored with this heartwarming tale of friendship between a feline and an ungulate. Russian lawyer Alexei Krestianov, from Novosibirsk, is one of them.

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4. In a ~lengthy~ post on Facebook, Krestianov — which we’re pretty sure translates to “Crankypants” — says that all coverage of Timur and Cupid should be banned because it could make kids want to be gay.

Okay, his name actually translates to “peasant” but he really does think that all goat/tiger relations coverages falls under Russia’s infamous “anti-gay propaganda” law. His Facebook post is a copy of a letter to the General Prosecutor’s Office in which he calls for future stories to be banned, worrying that the coverage works to “generate interest in non-traditional sexual relationships.”

5. He also says their “non-traditional co-habitation” is “an intrusion into the private lives of underage citizens and covert gay propaganda, as well as an active imposition of homosexuality,” which is a totally normal thing to think about a tiger and goat.

6. Krestianov’s bleating is moot for now, it seems, as the park announced in a post online that the two have been temporarily separated so that the goat can undergo veterinary care.

They’re slated to be reunited soon, but officials also worry that with the return of mating season — which could make Cupid’s behavior take a turn — or the possible arrival of several Siberian leopards, their split may be more permanent.

For now, though, let’s bask in the glory of the Bert and Ernie of the taiga.

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Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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