We, humans, are quick to judge each other. Sometimes it seems like we’re more focused on our differences rather than actually getting along. Dogs, on the other hand, never think about these things. Just take Bentley and Yeti for example.
You could say Bentley is a fully grown dog, but that doesn’t paint the entire picture. In fact, he’s one massive canine! While he could choose to spend his time picking on those who are smaller than him, it never occurs to him to do so. The adorably close relationship he has formed with his new little brother, Yeti, proves just that.
Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes, even in the animal kingdom. Frankly, it doesn’t matter how different two animals are, a special bond can be formed at any time.
Bentley, a full-size canine, took to tiny Yeti almost immediately after their owners introduced them. They snuggle all day, and always give each other thorough cleanings. However, these two dogs aren’t the only unusual animal friendship out there…
Meet Rupert the fox and William the cat. Rupert lives at South Africa’s International Primate Rescue with hundreds of gorillas. But, he chose not to look to them for close companionship, instead, he found William!
William was a domesticated cat who lived at the facility when Rupert was brought on board, and almost immediately, their friendship blossomed. Just look at how excited they are when they hang out! But they aren’t the only cat and fox who have become fast friends…
These two love to play with each other! A photographer snapped this adorable photo of this young fox and cat having a blast together. From the next pair it’s clear that foxes aren’t afraid to look for other species when it comes to finding friendship.
Tinni the dog’s owner is a wildlife photographer named Torgier Berge, and while the two were walking through the woods one afternoon, a fox, who Torgier named Sniffer, joined them! Tinni became smitten with the woodland animal, and now they spend a lot of time together. At least these pairs kind of have their size in common, unlike the next odd duo…
Who knew that a lion, whose name is Bonedigger, would ever warm up to a small Dachshund named Milo? Well, he certainly did, and the two cannot get enough of each other’s company. What a brave dog Milo is; Bonedigger is huge! The key to getting most animals to bond is starting them off young.
This baby chimp must have decided to look outside his primate friends to form a special bond, and he clicked with this baby lynx who was clearly looking to do the same! They’ll clearly be friends for life.
When an elephant named Bubbles’s parents were tragically killed by ivory poachers, she was rescued and brought to an elephant sanctuary where she befriended a black Labrador named Bella. The two hit it off immediately!
One of their favorite things to do is play in a nearby lake. Bubbles gives Bella rides on her back, and then Bella leaps off into the water and makes a huge splash! These two are clearly meant to be best friends! But you don’t have to be a mammal to make friends with one…
This seems like an incredibly odd pairing, and normally it would be. But, this iguana and marmoset have clearly found some common ground, and from the look of it, their conversation flows seamlessly! Even “down under” odd animal friendships abound…
Rescue workers in Australia found this five-month-old baby kangaroo named Anzac, and they paired her with a wombat named Peggy for company. As it turned out, they made sure each other never felt lonely!
When a little macaque was found all alone in Guangdong, China, rescue workers took him to a local animal shelter for protection. There, he befriended this white dove. But a bird doesn’t need to be a dove to be peace-loving…
These two snuggle bunnies look like they couldn’t be any more comfortable. Sea lions and penguins usually stick to their own kind when it comes to hanging out, but not these two!
Mani the wild boar was found as a piglet by a German firefighter among the ashes of a burned home, so he brought her home and introduced her to his Jack Russell named Candy. Now, the two stick together like white on rice.
When Mabel the chicken met these puppies, her motherly instincts took over and she began keeping them warm by sitting firmly on top of them! During cold winter nights, these pups are sure going to be happy they have a chicken for a mom.
No one is quite sure how this homeless dog and duck became friends, but they’ve been spotted and photographed by people all over Paris, France. Hey, during tough times, sometimes all you need is someone to snuggle up close with!
Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the blue tick hound: These two live together at an endangered species reserve. Roscoe followed Suryia and her handlers home one afternoon, and since he didn’t have a family of his own, the two became inseparable!
Kago the puppy and Kumbali the cheetah: After this poor cheetah was abandoned by his family, workers at the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia introduced him to Kago, a rescue dog from a local shelter. It didn’t take long before these two guys became completely smitten with each other!
Mzee the tortoise and Owen the hippo: Owen was found stranded after a tsunami struck Kenya in 2004. He was moved to an animal sanctuary where he met Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise! Owen uses Mzee as a sort of emotional support system, cuddling up with him for comfort. At first, the tortoise seemed a bit confused, but he soon welcomed Owen’s company.
Bea the giraffe and Wilma the ostrich: Busch Gardens, an amusement park located in Virginia, houses plenty of animals, and one 65-acre enclosure is home to a giraffe named Bea and her unlikely best friend: an ostrich named Wilma!
Leo the Lion, Baloo the bear, and Shere Khan the tiger: These three animals were rescued from an abusive human owner and they were inseparable because of what they went through. They now live in Georgia at the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.
Emperor shrimp and sea slugs: Although emperor shrimp normally live inside sea cucumbers, they will occasionally hop a ride on the back of sea slugs for a scenic little trip around the ocean floor while they feast on the debris the slugs kick up.
Anjana the chimpanzee and a tiger cub: After a hurricane separated this white tiger from his mother, he was adopted by an animal reserve and immediately became smitten with Anjana, a chimpanzee who also lived there. The two quickly became the best of buddies!
Macaque monkey and kitten: While walking through the Monkey Forest Park in Bali, Indonesia, a tourist captured amazing footage of a macaque monkey who had taken a kitten under is care! Macaque monkeys are highly social animals, and they frequently interact with species other than their own.
Lammie the goat and Gertjie the rhino: Gertjie and Lammie were both abandoned by their families as babies, and they were brought to a South African animal sanctuary where they formed a special bond. What’s their favorite activity? Running around and bumping heads with each other!
Fred the Labrador and Dennis the duckling: Dennis the duckling was left motherless after a fox attacked his mother, but when Fred and his owner found Dennis, they adopted him! The two animals became friends immediately.
Manni the wild boar piglet and Candy the dog: A family from Germany found Manni alone starving in a field by their home. While Manni recovered, he struck up a great friendship with the family’s Jack Russell terrier.
Amy the deer and Ransom the dog: A sitka deer named Amy who lived at the Wild Heart Ranch in Oklahoma took a blind dog named Ransom under her care when he moved in. She helped groom him, and she kept him company for years!
Kate the Great Dane and Pippin the deer: When Kate came across abandoned baby deer Pippin, the loving canine adopted her! As Pippin matured, she eventually moved back into the forest, but she still visits Kate and Kate’s owner, Isobel.
Bottlenose dolphin and a pod of sperm whales: Researchers in the North Atlantic Ocean were shocked when they came across a dolphin who was born with a serious spinal deformity swimming with a pod of sperm whales. The researchers couldn’t believe that the empathetic pod welcomed him in!
Moses the crow and Cassie the cat: In 1999, a Massachusetts couple adopted Cassie, an infant kitten they found abandoned on their property. Amazingly, they also discovered a crow, who they nicknamed Moses, who had been feeding and caring for the kitten. Even after Cassie was rescued, she spent her days outside, playing with Moses!
Koko the gorilla and Ms. Gray the kitten: Gorillas have actually been known to adopt cats, and the famous, beloved gorilla Koko was no different. She fell in love with a kitten named Ms. Gray as soon as she saw her. Can’t you just see the love in their eyes?
Tarantulas and microhylid frogs: Although tarantulas can be vicious killers, they don’t hurt tiny microhylid frogs. Instead, they keep them around as “pets” because the frogs help protect the spiders’ eggs from ants. Scientists suspect the toxins in the frogs’ skin makes them taste bad, so the spiders use them to their advantage instead of consuming them.