Admit it. Hearing about unlikely friends among animals gives you the warm fuzzies, as it should. There’s nothing quite like knowing that, for our animal friends, differences are no boundary to close ties. Here are some unusual animal friends likely to make you smile.
Depressed Goat Separated from Burro Buddy
When Mr. G the goat and Jellybean the donkey were rescued from an animal hoarder, they were sent to separate rescue facilities. It was too much for Mr. G, who refused to eat, morosely mourning his friend. And so the sanctuary arranged to take in Jellybean, though it had never housed a donkey before. The reunion was something to behold. At least for Mr. G.
Lion, Tiger and Bear Friends
No, really, this trio is inseparable. All residents of Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Georgia, a tiger, a lion and a bear have been together since they were rescued from a drug dealer’s home as babies. Affectionately called “BLT” at the center, they hang out together on the porch of their clubhouse. They cuddle. Think of that. Three huge predators, cuddling.
Orangutan and Dog BFFs
Suryia is an orangutan. Roscoe is a dog. And the first time they saw one another, it was like there was music swelling in the background. The only thing more fun than watching this orangutan take Roscoe for a walk on a leash is hearing Suryia’s handler causally talking about how they rode the elephant down to the water the day dog and orangutan met. You know, because everyone has an elephant in the garage.
Chimp and Bear Pals
This one might be more transient. Vali, a chimp, at the age of sixteen months, became best buds with Bam Bam, a five-month-old grizzly. The two frolicked and wrestled together, as adorably as frolicking and wrestling can be done. The story, though, is from 2013, and I can’t find an update. It’s sad, but maybe some friendships just aren’t built to last.
Elephant and Sheep Forge Bond
Baby elephant Themba was orphaned when he was rescued in Africa, but he refused to eat. Keepers decided to try giving him a friend, introducing him to Albert the sheep. The initial meeting, to put it mildly, did not go well, but over time they’ve become inseparable. Just goes to show that first impressions aren’t everything. Want the full story? You can watch the whole documentary here.