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Table Of Contents

The Cheetahs and the Anatolian Shepherds
The Diver and the Manta Ray
The Lion Cub and the Caracal Siblings
The Lioness and the Baby Oryx
The Pit Bull, the Siamese Cat, and the Chicks
The Potbellied Piglet and the Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhinoceros, the Warthog, and the Hyena
Afterword
References
Acknowledgments
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Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

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It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. With Murphy’s friendship and support, Kizzy recovered from life as a racing dog and became a confident, loyal family pet.These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.
It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. With Murphy’s friendship and support, Kizzy recovered from life as a racing dog and became a confident, loyal family pet.These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.

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bksgoddess reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Cute stories about "friendships" across species. Some of the stories are quite good, but some stretch the idea of friendship.
petra5xs reviewed this
Rated 2/5
This review is written with apologies to the white horse that has been coming into my garden for years and years along with his best pal, a rather unfriendly donkey. And apologies also to Angel, the sulfur-crested cockatoo who is either best pals or very agile torturer to Juluka, Savuka and Johnny, the rotweillers.

Lots of cute pics of unlikely animal pairings together with lots of really crap descriptions of their 'friendships'. Some of the animals are undoubtedly friends, but here 'friendship' is stretched to include two baby animals in a rescue shelter sharing a cage for an hour or two.

This is a good gift for those people who buy page-a-day calendars of cutsie animals and haven't read anything since they left school.
bookish59 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Whether it's maternal instinct, need for warmth, bonding or love, the animals featured in Unlikely Friendships have displayed an emotional intelligence that is difficult to fathom making it more wondrous and stunning. Holland is a good storyteller but I do wish some of the stories were longer. Go ahead and enjoy!
whisper1_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
What a delightful read. This is a lovely book filled with stories and beautiful images of out-of the ordinary bonds formed by species that normally do not relate.It gives me hope for humankind that perhaps, just perhaps one day we can do the same:
nightprose reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I fully believe animals have much to offer to each other, and to humans, in many ways. We can learn from them. This book illustrates this fact.Jennifer Holland has captured 47 truly incredible stories of bonds between animals. These are stories of true, heartfelt connections. Accompanying each story is amazing photography of the animals showing their bond.Some of these unlikely friendships are those between a cat and a lizard, a monkey and a dove, a dog and a fish, and even a friendship between a pit bull, cat and baby chicks!Most people have heard the classic story of Koko, the 230 pound gorilla who had been taught sign language. It was a surprise when she signed that she wanted a pet kitten. Koko's favorite stories were "Puss in Boots" and "The Three Little Kitten's". For Koko's birthday, she was allowed to choose her pick of a litter of kittens. She chose a tail-less grey kitten, who she named "All Ball". Koko then treated him as a mother gorilla would her own infant. The entire story is beautifully recounted in this book.I am reminded of my dog, Maisie, a Shetland Sheepdog. In her 16+ years, Maisie was surrogate mother to many kittens and bunnies that I rescued. We called her "Auntie Maisie". She did everything for them, but feed them. It made no difference to her that they were not puppies (or that she was spayed). She was patient and loving, and she knew that was what they needed.That is the theme of this book: love and the connection that it offers. Love goes beyond species and breed. It is the common thread of life, holding us all together. The need for love is universal, promoting growth, healing and well-being.Each and every story here will leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and renewed. Yes, indeed, we have much to learn from the animal kingdom, if we only would watch from our heart and listen with our soul.This book is for all ages, all people, and one to be enjoyed through the ages, again and again. There should be sequels. This is a very special book.
dk_phoenix_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Anyone who loves animal stories, animal photography, and being awed by animal behavior will love, love, love this book. Some of the stories have sad moments, but all are hopeful. Others are beyond incredible. It's unconscionable that scientists might still suggest animals can't make emotional bonds or don't have emotions -- there's more than enough in these stories to melt the heart of even the most stoic nonbeliever. Amazing, remarkable, and utterly beautiful. I borrowed this book from the library, but I will definitely be purchasing my own copy.
karenball_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Excellent nonfiction for animal lovers! Each of these short chapters is a separate story of animals who found each other and developed a bond. Some of the animal pairs only spent a short time together, and others have spent years together. For some, there are reasonable biological explanations for the behavior: one animal has lost its baby, and chooses another to foster and adopt, two animals bond over a common need, or an orphaned animal seeks out another to be its parent or protector. But some stories are just mysterious -- at the Berlin zoo, Muschi the cat and Mausschen the black bear have been inseparable for a decade, and in Mombasa, Kenya, an orphaned hippo and a 130-year-old tortoise (Owen and Mzee) have developed a sort of communication and traded behaviors and eating habits. Narrated by the author, there are plenty of photographs and side graphics containing information about the different species in the stories. 6th grade and up.
citizenjoyce reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Jennifer Holland's introduction is well written and informative. She discusses the debate about animal emotions and cites Marc Bekoff on Darwin's idea that Evolutionary continuity... stresses that there are differences in degrees rather than in kind between humans and other animals. That applies to emotions. We share many bodily systems, including the limbic system, where emotions are rooted. So if we have joy or sorrow, they have it too. It isn't the same joy or the same sorrow. But the differences are shades of gray, not black versus while. Regarding friendship, Holland defines it as seeking comfort or companionship from another to improve one's own life experience...Even if friendship is had only briefly, it is a plus. And in all of the cases..the animals are arguably better off--more confident, physically stronger, in higher spirits--after finding each other than they were before.The book shows great photographs of relationships between animals, both wild and tame, both male and female, some as short as a few hours, some lasting a life time. The pictures themselves are inspirational, the prose that accompanies them is less so.
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