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15 Unusual Animal Friendships That Will Melt Your Heart 399K views  25K   
15 Unusual Animal Friendships
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There are some people out there that still believe that animals are just dumb beasts, but the unlikely animal
friendships we’ve gathered here will prove that they are capable of feeling love and compassion just like we
are.
Naturally, all of these pictures are heart-breakingly adorable, but there’s more to it than that. Why did these
animals form their friendships? Some of them, like the lions, dogs and elephants, are known for forming strong
social relationships or even networks in the wild. In the absence of their prides or packs, it makes sense that
they would seek social relationships outside of their own species. Other more solitary animals may form
parent-child relationship with animals that they spend time with or that helped raise them, especially if their
own parents are gone.
Whatever the reason may be, unusual friendships like these show that animals may be far more emotionally
complex than many of us believe. Maybe these friendships aren’t so unusual after all!
1. Bubbles the African Elephant and Bella the
Black Labrador
Image credits: <a href=Barry Bland Despite the extreme difference in size, Bubbles the elephant and Bella the black lab have become great friends. Bubbles was brought to a safari reserve in the U.S. after she was rescued from ivory poachers in Africa, while Bella was left there by a contractor for the park. The two are great to see together, especially when Bella uses Bubbles as a diving board! (read more) 2. Bea the Giraffe and Wilma the Ostrich " id="pdf-obj-2-2" src="pdf-obj-2-2.jpg">

Image credits: Barry Bland Despite the extreme difference in size, Bubbles the elephant and Bella the black lab have become great friends. Bubbles was brought to a safari reserve in the U.S. after she was rescued from ivory poachers in Africa, while Bella was left there by a contractor for the park. The two are great to see together, especially when Bella uses Bubbles as a diving board! (read more)

2. Bea the Giraffe and Wilma the Ostrich

Image credits: PA

Bea and Wilma have become great friends during their time together at Busch Gardens in the U.S. The two share a huge 65-acre enclosure, so they aren’t forced to spend time together – they do so willingly.

3. Tinni the Dog and Sniffer the Wild Fox

Image credits: PA Bea and Wilma have become great friends during their time together at Busch

Image credits: Torgeir Berge Tinni the dog and Sniffer the wild fox have been the best of friends since they met in the forests of Norway. Torgeir Berge, Tinni’s owner, does what he can to keep up and photograph the pair as they play in the woods. (read more)

Image credits: <a href=Torgeir Berge Tinni the dog and Sniffer the wild fox have been the best of friends since they met in the forests of Norway. Torgeir Berge, Tinni’s owner, does what he can to keep up and photograph the pair as they play in the woods. (read more) " id="pdf-obj-6-8" src="pdf-obj-6-8.jpg">

4. Torque the Dog and Shrek the Owl

Image credits: Solent News and Photos

4. Torque the Dog and Shrek the Owl Image credits: Solent News and Photos

Torque adopted Shrek the owl chick when he was just 6 months old himself. Shrek was removed from his mother’s care because handlers were afraid that she might eat him when stressed. He’s doing great now, and the two have become inseparable pals.

5. Fred the Labrador and Dennis the Duckling

Image credits: SWNS Things were looking grim for Dennis the duckling when his mother had been

Image credits: SWNS

Things were looking grim for Dennis the duckling when his mother had been mauled by a fox. Fred the Labrador and his owner Jeremy, however, found and rescued Dennis. Dennis and Fred have been buddies ever since. Fred apparently has a big heart, because it’s not the first time he’s helped take care of an orphan – he once adopted a baby deer as well.

6. Mabel the Chicken and the Puppies

Image credits: Anita Maric After being saved from the pot due to a foot injury, Mable

Image credits: Anita Maric

After being saved from the pot due to a foot injury, Mable found a new wonder when she was moved into her owners’ home – puppies! For some reason, the year-old hen has taken to roosting on the puppies and keeping them warm while their mother prefers the yard. Go figure!

7. Milo the Dog and Bonedigger the Lion

7. Milo the Dog and Bonedigger the Lion
Image credits: <a href=Barcroft USA Milo the tiny dachshund took Bonedigger the lion cub under his wing when it was discovered that the lion was suffering from a metabolic bone disease that left him disabled. Five years later, the 500 pound lion is still the best of buddies with the 11-pound dachshund and his two compatriots, Bullet and Angel. 8. Cat and the Fox " id="pdf-obj-14-2" src="pdf-obj-14-2.jpg">

Image credits: Barcroft USA

Milo the tiny dachshund took Bonedigger the lion cub under his wing when it was discovered that the lion was suffering from a metabolic bone disease that left him disabled. Five years later, the 500 pound lion is still the best of buddies with the 11-pound dachshund and his two compatriots, Bullet and Angel.

8. Cat and the Fox

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This curious pair was spotted playing by fishermen on the shore of Lake Van in Turkey. Not much is known beyond the fact that they’re very cute and very playful.

9. Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo

Image credits: <a href=imgur.com This curious pair was spotted playing by fishermen on the shore of Lake Van in Turkey. Not much is known beyond the fact that they’re very cute and very playful. 9. Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo " id="pdf-obj-17-10" src="pdf-obj-17-10.jpg">
Image credits: Barcroft Media The tale of Shere Khan the tiger, Baloo the bear and Leo
Image credits: Barcroft Media
The tale of Shere Khan the tiger, Baloo the bear and Leo the lion is truly touching. The three of them were
rescued together from a drug dealer who had abused them extensively. Baloo even needed surgery to remove
a harness that had grown into his skin and caused deformities – the owner had never bothered to adjust it.
Because of what they’ve suffered together, the three friends are now inseparable. They are under the care of
the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in the U.S.
10. Mani the Wild Boar Piglet and Candy the
Dog

Image credits: spiegel.de

Manni the wild boar piglet was found starving in a field in southwest Germany and brought home by the Dahlhaus family. When he was introduced to their Jack Russell terrier Candy, the two immediately hit it off. Since last we heard, Manni is recovering well and will either stay with his family or move to a wildlife park.

11. Kasi the Cheetah and Mtani the Labrador

Image credits: <a href=spiegel.de Manni the wild boar piglet was found starving in a field in southwest Germany and brought home by the Dahlhaus family. When he was introduced to their Jack Russell terrier Candy, the two immediately hit it off. Since last we heard, Manni is recovering well and will either stay with his family or move to a wildlife park. 11. Kasi the Cheetah and Mtani the Labrador " id="pdf-obj-21-10" src="pdf-obj-21-10.jpg">
Image credits: Busch Gardens Tampa Kasi and Mtani were raised together at Bush Gardens in the

Image credits: Busch Gardens Tampa

Kasi and Mtani were raised together at Bush Gardens in the U.S. During their youth, their unusual friendship was a treat to watch. As he grew into adolescence, however, Kasi began drifting away from Mtani and becoming more interested in the female cheetahs in the next pen. While Kasi now spends more time with other cheetahs, the two are still good friends and often visit schools and other places together.

12. Rabbit and Deer

Image credits: Tanja Askani Spotted by animal photographer Tanja Askani, this unusual deer and rabbit duo
Image credits: Tanja Askani
Spotted by animal photographer Tanja Askani, this unusual deer and rabbit duo looks like right out of Disney’s
classic Bambi.
13. Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Blue
Tick Hound
Suryia and Roscoe live together at a rare and endangered species reserve in the U.S. While

Suryia and Roscoe live together at a rare and endangered species reserve in the U.S. While orangutans are endangered, dogs are certainly less so. However, Roscoe has lived with her ever since he followed Suryia and her handlers home. It didn’t look like he had any other home to go to, so he stayed with Suryia, and they’ve been great friends ever since.

14. Kate the Great Dane and Pippin the Deer

Image credits: Isobel Springett

14. Kate the Great Dane and Pippin the Deer Image credits: <a href=Isobel Springett " id="pdf-obj-29-8" src="pdf-obj-29-8.jpg">

Image credits: Isobel Springett

Pippin the baby deer was adopted by Kate the caring Great Dane. They were great friends while growing up, but as Pippin matured, she moved out into the forest to raise a deer family of her own. She still visits Kate and her owner Isobel, however.

15. Anjana the Chimpanzee and Tiger Cubs

Image credits: <a href=Isobel Springett Pippin the baby deer was adopted by Kate the caring Great Dane. They were great friends while growing up, but as Pippin matured, she moved out into the forest to raise a deer family of her own. She still visits Kate and her owner Isobel, however. 15. Anjana the Chimpanzee and Tiger Cubs " id="pdf-obj-30-10" src="pdf-obj-30-10.jpg">
Image credits: Bary Bland

Image credits: Bary Bland

These two white tiger cubs were separated from their mother after her enclosure was flooded during a hurricane. Fortunately, they’ve been adopted by a U.S. animal reserve by Anjana the chimpanzee and their caretaker, China York. Anjana has helped China raise many different orphaned animals, so we’re sure they’re in good hands.

Whether or not you’ve seen Disney’s beloved The Fox And The Hound movie, you’ll love Tinni the dog and Sniffer the wild fox, two unlikely friends from two different worlds.

Tinni lives with his owner photographer Torgeir Berge in the forests of Norway. One day, while they were on a walk together in the woods, they met a wild fox that they named Sniffer. Despite the thousands of years of breeding and the social circumstances that stood between them, they became the best of friends.

Now, Berge follows the two unlikely pals around as they romp and play through the woods. Fortuntely for the rest of us, he brings his camera along to capture their beautiful friendship. The way the two friends play together reminds us that wild animals, which many of us fear or disrespect, can be far more similar to the domesticated animals we love than we thought.

The experience has changed Berge’s mind about Norway’s fox-fur trade – he now wants to help work to ban the hunting of foxes for their fur. He hopes to achieve this in part by publishing a book about the duo’s adventures in a book called The Fox And The Dog together with writer Berit Helberg.

Meet Tinni the dog and Sniffer the wild fox. They met in a Norwegian forest

You might not believe it, but they’ve become the best of friends

They met each other when Tinni was taking a walk in the woods with his owner Torgeir Berge

They met each other when Tinni was taking a walk in the woods with his owner

Now, Berge tries to keep up and take pictures as the two friends play in the woods

Despite the differences in breeding and social situation, the two pals are inseparable

Seeing their friendship made Berge change his mind about the fix-fur trade. He now wants to see it banned

Berge and his friend, writer Berit Helberg, plan to release a story book with photos.

The money from the book will contribute to the fight against the fur trade

For more unusual and adorable animal friendships, check out this friendship between a dog and an elephant and this one between a dog and a lion!