Abdullah Sholeh and his best friend, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger named Mulan Jamilah

Photo: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Tiger kisses

A 6-year-old Bengal tiger named Mulan Jamilah kisses caretaker Abdullah Sholeh on Jan. 20 in the garden beside their home in Malang, Indonesia.

When the tiger was just a 3-month-old cub, Sholeh was hired to work as a full-time nanny for the beautiful animal. They have been inseparable ever since.

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Abdullah Sholeh and his best friend, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger named Mulan Jamilah

Photo: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

The pair are so close-knit that Sholeh, 33, often shuns his own bed to sleep alongside the big cat in her enclosure.

Of course, the 400-pound tiger is still a wild animal, so for security reasons, metal bars have been installed inside her enclosure to separate the pair.

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.