The internet has brought more than entertainment to our lives, it has provided us with a much deeper understanding of animals and their acceptance of other species. Most of the odd couples that are playing viral runs are seen to be exceptions. However, the more evidence we see in videos and still photographs, the more we have to question our own actions towards others.
Perhaps animals are just like people, which means there are shades of grey that account for their different personalities, attitudes and preferences. Could it be that some crocodiles are happy to enjoy love and life, while others had bad parents and are crabby and out to hunt and destroy? It's fun to think about.
In the meantime, take a long, enjoyable look at these beautiful animals that have formed seemingly unlikely bonds with other species. This article may also teach you something about acceptance.
13 Torque and Shrek
A loving Greyhound named Torque was only 6-months-old when he took up friendship with a baby owl at a British animal shelter. Shrek, the owl, was taken from her mother after only three days, for protection. Torque seemed to take a fancy to her from a protective standpoint - treating her like she was his own. Now both are living with falconer John Picton, who allows this friendship to deepen.
12 12.Mackinaw Queenie and Kenzie the Malamute
This tag team dining is hilarious. Reminiscent of Lady and the Tramp, these two are enjoying spaghetti noodles together one at a time. Queenie is actually feeding Kenzie ( in the same manner she would feed a worm to a baby bird. Kenzie is loving every minute and shared bite. Queenie, the cockatoo, sure is a nurturing little bird.
11 Mango and His Rescue Bunnies
According to reports in the dailymail.co.uk, Mango has been a foster father many times over. After all, Mango was abandoned and found under the deck along with his newborn siblings. The owner decided to keep Mango and his sister, Chloe, and he has really pulled his weight by providing help to other animals that are in need. However, normally he is taking care of abandoned kittens. When the owner decided to breed Holland Lop bunnies, Mango hopped right into the cage of the newborn bunnies and started licking them in a loving and nurturing way.
10 Kasi and Mtani
In March 2011, a 3 week old male cheetah was brought to Tampa Busch Gardens. The little guy needed constant attention and care. As cheetah's are known for forming strong bonds amongst one another, the park knew they needed to find a life long companion for their furry new addition. They went to a local shelter and found a young and energetic female labrador, which they brought back to meet their baby cub. After short supervised visits, it was soon confirmed that the pair had bonded and found family in one another. Tampa Busch Gardens filmed the couple a year later to showcase the odd couple and their extremely strong bond.
To make this story even cuter, the facility posted a Facebook poll to ask their fans to help chose names for the pair and they chose Kasi for the cheetah which is Swahili for "one with speed," and the labrador was named Mtani, meaning "close friend."
9 Faline and Boots
Kittens can be fearless little animals, and seem to find a way to snuggle up to just about any other species. But Faline, the baby deer, is completely enamoured with her friend, Boots, the kitten. The two spend all of their time together. They kiss, hug and take care of one another. Here's to hoping these two get to keep enjoying their lives together!
8 Toad and Rat
We don't know their names, as they are no one's pets. In fact, this shot was taken in India when the frog noticed the little rat having a hard time crossing the pond in Lucknow. It was surely going to drown as it was struggling to hold onto anything that would help it remain afloat. Much to the photographers delight, a nearby frog swam over and rescued the little guy and took him to safe ground. Wow, we can all learn something from this.
7 Georgia and Myrtle
Turtles and alligators are not generally friends. In fact, many sites state that alligators like to eat turtles. But Georgia, the nine-year-old alligator, and Myrtle, the 15-year-old turtle have become friends. Rather than take a bite out of her friend, Georgia prefers to hang out with Myrtle. They share logs and Georgia is happy to give Myrtle a lift across the water any time!
6 Jess and Orphaned Lambs
This Springer Spaniel Jess has a strong sense of duty. According to a report in the Daily Mail, this amazing dog lives on Louise Moorhouse's 180-acre farm that houses 270 sheep. Each day, three times a day, this dutiful canine goes around and feeds all of the orphaned lambs. This is her job and she takes it quite seriously, as you can see from the photo. The hungry lambs are happy to know they will be fed even without having their mothers at their sides.
5 Leo, Baloo and Shere Khan
Never, ever would we expect to see these unlikely species hanging out. Lions, tigers and bears are all not generally living in the same parts of the world, so when these three were rescued as cubs and placed at Noah's Arc Sanctuary in Georgia about 14 years ago, it was a real eye opener when they became fast friends. Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger even share the same enclosure, if that gives you any idea of how close they have become.
4 Bubbles and Bella
This is the story about Bubbles and Bella, the now-famous and inseparable duo whose video has provided smiles around the globe. Bubbles is a 9,000-pound elephant. Bella is a Labrador retriever and the two live at the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina.
Bubbles has lived at the safari since 1983 where a contractor was selected to build her a pool. According to reports, the contractor abandoned his dog at the preserve and the two have been best friends since. Thankfully the owner left his dog at a place that could offer her a much better and well deserved life.
3 Suryia and Roscoe
Orangutans and one of the cutest of the "hominidae" species, which includes gorillas, chimpanzees, and - you got it - humans. Here we have these two best friends, Suryia (orangutan) and Roscoe (dog) who have been best friends since the moment they met on the river at the South Carolina reserve for endangered animals.
Suryia had been depressed from losing his parents, and his life was dwindling away. Then one day, when the staff rode an elephant down to the river with Suryia, Roscoe came out of nowhere. The moment Suryia saw Roscoe, he hopped off the elephant and ran to the dog as though they were long-lost friends.
2 Anjana, Mitra and Shiva
These two white tiger cubs (Mitra and Shiva) were born in 2008 during a hurricane and had be separated from their mother in order to keep them safe. Mitra and Shiva were born at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in South Carolina (TIGERS). Needing a caretaker, the cubs were placed in the care of China York, and Anjana - her chimpanzee friend.
Since China had raised Anjana to be a loving caretaker she was almost certain that she would form a quick bond with the cubs. She was certainly right as the trio have been inseparable ever since.
1 Lion and Monkey
This photo is so endearing as we see the two (beautiful) young ones fully content while keeping one another company. These two were hand-fed because their moms didn't have enough milk to feed them. It was their similar circumstances that made them fast friends. Both babies, now approximately 2 years old, were born at the Guaipo Manchurian Tiger Park in Shenyang, China.
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”― Arthur Schopenhauer