People love it when different species of animals put aside their differences and become best buds. Just look at these three cuties. They’re three different species from three different continents. Their names are Shere Khan (the tiger), Baloo (the bear) and Leo (the lion). The three of them were rescued together from a drug dealer who kept them as “pets.” The three are now inseparable and living much happier lives in an animal sanctuary.
This unlikely duo is Bubbles the elephant and Bella the Labrador retriever. The friends live together at the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. Bubbles has a love for swimming, so in 2007 the safari hired a contractor to build Bubbles a pool. But the contractor had abandoned his puppy at the preserve after completing the pool. But, it’s okay because now Bubbles and Bella are inseparable.
This animal odd couple is straight out of a Disney movie. Sniffer the fox and Tinni the dog live in Norway. Tinni and his owner, Togeir Berge, stumbled upon an orphaned baby fox during one of their daily walks in the woods. Now the friends hang out several hours every day and can’t get enough of each other. There is even a children’s book about their friendship.
Torque, a 6-month-old greyhound, adopted Shrek the long-eared owl only a few days after she was born. Shrek had to be taken away from her mother because handlers feared that the mother owl might eat the baby if she became stressed. Now Torque vigilantly watches over the little ball of fluff like she was his own.
It might look like this enormous line is sizing up this wiener dog for dinner, but I assure you this is just a cuddle. Bonedigger the lion (his name is much more intimidating than his personality) has a metabolic bone disease that leaves him disabled. But, Milo the Dachshund does the best he can to take care of him. Milo has been watching over Bonedigger ever since he was a little cub.
Mabel the chicken may have been destined to become someone’s Sunday dinner, but a foot injury made her owners bring her inside. Then the farm dog, Nettle, gave birth to a litter of puppies. When the dog went outside, Mabel would roost on top of the puppies to keep them warm, like a good mother hen.
Kasi the cheetah and Mtani the Labrador grew up together at Busch Gardens. Sadly, as teenagers tend to do, Kasi drifted apart from Mtani as he became interested in a group of female cheetahs in the next enclosure.
Anjana the chimp adopted a couple of white tiger cubs, Mitra and Shiva, at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina. Anjana was helping China York, one of the Institute's keepers, care for the two little cubs. Well, now Anjana can’t get enough of them.
Koko the gorilla is a certifiable crazy cat lady. She is obsessed with kittens. Koko was first given a kitten back in the ‘80s but unfortunately, the kitten had run away and was hit by a car. When Koko’s caretaker told Koko the news, she mourned and signed (Koko is one of the few apes known for using sign language) about her kitten’s death for several days. In 2015, Koko was given some new kittens for her 44th birthday.
The TIGERS Preserve has a couple of animal odd couples. Along with Anjana and the tiger cubs, there is Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the coonhound. “The hound dog ran up to [Suryia] and they jumped into each other’s arms,” said the founder of TIGERS. “They really took on this relationship.”
Manni the wild boar piglet was rescued by the Dahlhaus family in rural Germany. He was found starving and abandoned by his mother. But, Manni is a lucky little piglet. He also made best friends with the Dahlhaus’ Jack Russell terrier, Candy. Manni and Candy’s owner says that the pair plays together every day.
Gregory Pike and his furry companions have traveled across the United States. The Dog, Booger, and cat, Kitty, have been with Pike for the long haul, while the rats have changed throughout the years. But, it is still pretty impressive that they are so cooperative that they can ride on each other’s backs.
Okay, if you thought the fox and the hound was Disney-like, well, this is straight out of Bambi. In fact, this is Bambi and Thumper. Czech wildlife photographer and author, Tanja Askani, photographed these two in the woods. There are several pictures of them cuddling up next to each other and just “hanging out.”
Well, we’re not sure how buddy-buddy these two are, but it does show some serious interspecies cooperation. Back in 2006, this photograph was taken during the monsoon season. This little mouse was catching a ride on this frogs back to safety.