If anyone out there was still in doubt that animals have feelings just like humans, these photos are about to prove them wrong. Who would’ve thought that these totally different creatures could not only get along, but love each other like real best friends?
These heartwarming photos of the unlikeliest animal friendships are more than just cute. How did these relationships form in the first place? Some animals, like lions and dogs, have an instinct to form strong social bonds with their pack. So, in the absence of their own kind, it’s only reasonable that they would try to find other types of social interactions to fulfill their need for bonding. Another explanation could be a parent-child relationship, where the animal’s own parents are absent, so they form a connection with those closest to them as they grow up.
One thing is for sure, no matter what the reason is, these unlikely animal friendships show that animals are probably much more emotionally complex than many people think.
1. Bubbles the Elephant and Bella the Black Lab
Despite the size difference, Bubbles the African elephant and Bella the black Labrador are best friends. Bubbles came to a safari reserve after being rescued from ivory poachers in Africa, and Bella found her way there after being left by a park contractor.
2. Bea the Giraffe and Wilma the Ostrich
Bea the giraffe and Wilma the ostrich live together at Busch Gardens. They share 65 acres, which is more than a big enough space that they don’t need to be next to each other- they choose to spend time together.
3. Tinni the Dog and Sniffer the Wild Fox
Sniffer the wild fox and Tinni the dog have been friends since they met each other in a Norway forest. They still play together all the time.
4. Torque the Dog and Shrek the Owl
Torque the dog decided to adopt Shrek, a baby owl, when he was only six months old. Shrek was taken away from his mother because his caretakers were afraid that she might eat him. Now, the two friends are inseparable.
5. Fred the Lab and Dennis the Duckling
When Dennis the duckling’s mother was attacked by a fox, he was rescued by Fred the Labrador and his owner Jeremy. Now, Dennis and Fred are best buds.