It’s hard to stereotype the relationships between animals of a different species; sure, sometimes cats and dogs don’t get along, sometimes snakes want to make a snack out of hamsters, but that’s not always the case. Check out some truly inspiring cross-species animal friendships — perhaps us humans can learn a think or two about getting along with others!
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1. Dog & Dolphin
Wow – take a look at this! Nearly every day of the week, this yellow labrador joins a dolphin in the harbor for a swim!
2. Snake & Hamster
Make no bones about it, snakes are predators to hamsters. In fact, the hamster was introduced into the snake’s cage as a meal! That’s not how it panned out, however; now the two are roommates!
3. Cat & Pug
What a good friend! This kitten is giving Toby the pug a massage.
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4. Dog, Guinea Pig, Cat and Rabbit!
Yep, these four cute critters are the best of friends!
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5. Kitten & Pit Bull
What happens when you introduce a pit bull to a two-week-old kitten?! Why, they become fast friends, of course!
6. Hippo & Tortoise
Owen the Hippo and Mzee the Tortoise became an international sensation after their unconventional friendship in the wake of natural disaster hit the news. Owen, a baby at the time, was rescued from the aftermath of the devastating 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. He was rushed to an animal sanctuary in Kenya, where he instantly rushed to Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise.
For more info on the two, and videos, check out their website!
7. Sheep & Dog
Jack is a 6-month-old sheep — but don’t tell him that! Just after he was born, he wandered inside his farm’s house and befriended the family dog. Since then, he and the dog have been inseparable, and Jack has even taken on canine habits. He plays fetch, goes for walks on a leash and even tries to bark. When Jack is put with the rest of the flock, he doesn’t try to join his fellow sheep. Rather, he tries to herd the sheep just like his dog companion does.
8. Dog & Orangutan
Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the dog became fast friends at a South Carolina animal sanctuary. Watch this National Geographic video about their first encounter!
9. Dog & Bunny
These friends are sharing a carrot — too cute!