February is heart month. Which is technically supposed to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health. But this post is all about making your heart go, ‘Awww’. Unlikely animal friends are adorable, awkward, and awesome. These inter-species relationships remind us humans that we should set aside our differences and live together in harmony.
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This unlikely animal friendship will make your heart melt. Bubbles’ family was killed in 1981 by ivory poachers in Africa. He was rescued and adopted by Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. Bella the black lab was abandoned at the park by a man who was contracted to build Bubbles’ swimming pool. They are now inseparable and love to go swimming together!
J’aime was the youngest rhino at The Rhino Orphanage in South Africa. He was so small that he wasn’t able to join the other rhinos in the beginning. Joey the lamb’s mother rejected him so he was brought to the orphanage to be hand-raised. J’aime and Joey became fast friends and go on daily walks together.
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Manni the piglet was found starving in a field in Southwest Germany by the Dahlhaus family. They brought him home and introduced him to their Jack Russell Terrier Candy. The two of them hit it off immediately. Manni and Candy “play together every day. They play hide and seek, romp around in the hedges and bushes and just have a lot of fun together,” Wilhelm Karl Dahlhaus told the German newspaper Bild.
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After their enclosure was flooded during a hurricane, two white tiger cubs were separated from their mother. Mitra and Shiva were adopted by a U.S. animal reserve and found a close animal friend in Anjana the chimpanzee. Anjana has helped zookeeper China York raise many different orphaned animals.
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A Colorado couple adopted Henry hoping that he would fit in with their active, outdoorsy lifestyle. He fit in well, but the couple noticed that Henry got very anxious and stressed out when left alone. They decided to get Henry a kitten companion – making sure to find one that they thought would fit in with their adventurous lifestyle as well. Henry and Baloo hit it off right away and even regularly go camping together!
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Shere Khan, Baloo, and Leo were discovered in the basement of a home in Atlanta during a drug raid. They were all young cubs at the time and Baloo was in the worst shape. He had a harness on that was never loosened as he grew bigger. Baloo’s skin had grown around it and the harness had to be surgically removed. The three ‘brothers’ were rescued by Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary and are affectionately called ‘The BLT’. These animal friends are the only bear, lion and tiger in the world that live in the same enclosure.
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Cameron and Zabu were born at a roadside zoo in New England in 2000. They were bred for one purpose – to one day breed in the hopes of producing ligers. In 2004 the pair was rescued from the roadside zoo by Big Cat Rescue in Florida. They saw how bonded the couple was and knew they had to be kept together.
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This is one of the most unlikely animal friendships on this list. The Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand rescued Simon after he was caught in vine that resulted in serious injuries. Part of one of his hind legs fell off due to his injury (you can read more of his story here). Leonardo was rescued from a Bangkok zoo in 2014 after the zoo closed. The rescue’s staff was surprised to see Simon and Leonardo form such a strong bond. They often follow each other around, share meals and rest together.
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Cats and birds aren’t typically known as animal friends, but that doesn’t stop these two. Brazillian biologist André Costa took in the little owl when it was just a baby. Cleo took Forbi in too, and they became best friends.
Pippin was adopted by a Great Dane named Kate when she was just a baby fawn. Pippin was abandoned by her mother on Isobel Springett’s property on Vancouver Island. She quickly formed an unlikely animal friendship with Isobel’s Great Dane. Kate and Pippin’s friendship is chronicled in a book – called Kate and Pippin – featuring Isobel’s photography of the odd couple.
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