This Orangutan’s Kith is a Dog

Kith is a little known word that has its origins in Old German.  Kith descends from Old Germanic kunþiþā meaning “known” or “knowledge”.  Kith, in its English form is a noun that has several meanings, one of which is “acquaintances, friends, neighbors”.  The word entered the English lexicon in the late 800s.  Kith, as a verb meaning “to make friendly or familiar”, followed around 1200.

This clip from National Geographic recount an unlikely friendship.  Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe, a Blue Tick hound, make their home at T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The friends met after Roscoe followed staff at the wildlife preserve and Suryia immediately became enamored by him.

Watch their story:

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