The African elephant and the Sheep

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When no other female in the herd adopted him, vets at the South African nature reserve where he lived found a woolly surrogate parent: Albert the sheep. Although initially wary of one another, the two soon bonded. They napped in tandem, played together, and Themba even rested his trunk on Albert’s back as they explored their enclosure.

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Private game reserve in South Africa after the babies lost their respective mothers. The young felines reside together in a farmhouse owned by reserve director Dale howarth, who says they play just like domestic cats but are “a lot bigger and more boisterous—and do a lot of damage to our carpets and furniture.”

The Lion Cub and the Caracal Siblings

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The golden retriever and the Koi

large, multicolored goldfish related to carp—had little in common besides their backyard in suburban oregon. But when Chino saw the beautiful fish swimming below the surface of the pond, Falstaff rose to meet him—and continued to do so every time the dog came to visit, touching wet nose to wet nose and nibbling at the pup’s dangling paws.
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The Duckling and the Kookaburra
cAre for,

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Lorraine Adams, director of the Seaview Wildlife encounter on the Isle of Wight, let them share an enclosure so they’d both have some avian companionship. The baby duck took to young “Kookie,” and when more ducklings hatched they joined the pair. Kookie stayed put like a good babysitter while the smaller birds climbed on his back and under his wings.

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The macaque and the Kitten

There

is A sAcred foresT in The ToWn of

u b u d , on the Indonesian island of Bali, where over 300 long-

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tailed macaques roam freely over the stones of a centuries-old hindu temple and, many believe, guard the religious site against evil spirits. one macaque recently brought its protective instinct to a more secular task—safeguarding a scrappy kitten that had strayed into arm’s reach.

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The Pit Bull, the Siamese Cat, and the Chicks

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s h A r k y . The tiny cotton puffs perch on the pit bull’s back, peck

at his snout, and use him as a raft in the pool. They’re also strangely fond of max, a Siamese-snowshoe cat who noses them into line. To helen jürlau, their owner, it’s a crazy circus of personalities—just the way she likes it. She says Sharky “just wants to protect anything that’s small and helpless.”

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But at Noah’s Ark Animal rehabilitation Center in Locust grove, georgia, lion, tiger, and bear aren’t frightening; they’re brothers. In the wild, these animals would have to cross oceans to meet face-to-face. Yet their different beginnings haven’t kept them from being contented housemates.
The Trio ThAT spooked And her

The Lion, the Tiger, and the Bear

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The owl and the Spaniel

enGlish

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s o p h i seems to have replaced her natural hunting instinct with something more genial. When two-

week-old Bramble arrived at a bird-of-prey conservation center in Cornwall, england, Sophi greeted the owlet by licking her beak. Bramble returned Sophi’s kisses, and the two became fast friends, grooming each other and cuddling on the carpet.

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z i m b A b W e , jude Travers brought the lone survivor, three-month-old Tatenda, into her family’s household, where they were already raising Poggle, a baby warthog.
The pair thrived and soon took to each other like siblings. out in the garden they would chase and play-fight, munch flowers, and nap together under the mulberry trees.

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The macaque and the Dove

landed near the animal protection station in the Neilingding Island–Futian National Nature reserve, off the southern coast of China. The staff adopted the bird, and soon after found a baby macaque who was distressed, weak, and also in need of companionship. The pair roomed together, shared corn snacks, and delighted visitors with their cuddling until they were released into the wild.

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The Asiatic Black Bear and the Black Cat

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berlin zoo

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“We observed her back in 2000 suddenly living in the black bears’ enclosure, and she’d struck up a friendship with the old lady bear,” says curator heiner Klös, referring to mausschen, a forty-year resident of the zoo. mausschen and muschi are often seen sharing a bed of hay and a meal of raw meat and fruit.

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less than a pound and so frail that his stronger siblings were pushing him around. johanna Kerby’s small red dachshund, Tink, had always been maternal to other animals, so Kerby put them together. Straightaway, Pink latched onto Tink and began to feed. Pink soon caught up in size to his siblings, but his family was now strictly canine.

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The piGleT WAs A runT by All meAsures:

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