5 Unusual Animal Friendships That Will Melt Your Heart

There are some people out there that still believe that animals are just dumb beasts, but the unlikely animal friendships we’ve gathered here will prove that they are capable of feeling love and compassion just like we are.

Naturally, all of these animal pictures are heart-breakingly adorable, but there’s more to it than that. Why did these animals form their friendships?

Whatever the reason may be, unusual friendships like these show that animals may be far more emotionally complex than many of us believe. Yet as complex, as they are, these funny animals also have their hilarious moments when playing with their friend. Thanks to wildlife photography or the animal owners adept eye that resulted in these funny animal pictures. Maybe the friendships aren’t so unusual after all!

1. Anjana the Chimpanzee and Tiger Cubs

These two white tiger cubs were separated from their mother after her enclosure was ꜰʟᴏᴏᴅᴇᴅ during a ʜᴜʀʀɪᴄᴀɴᴇ. Fortunately, they’ve been adopted by a U.S. animal reserve by Anjana the chimpanzee and their caretaker, China York. Anjana has helped China raise many different orphaned animals, so we’re sure they’re in good hands.

2. Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick Hound

Suryia and Roscoe live together at a rare and enᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed species reserve in the U.S. While orangutans are enᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed, dogs are certainly less so. However, Roscoe has lived with her ever since he followed Suryia and her handlers home. It didn’t look like he had any other home to go to, so he stayed with Suryia, and they’ve been great friends ever since.

3. Fred the Labrador and Dennis the Duckling

Things were looking grim for Dennis the duckling when his mother had been ᴍᴀᴜʟᴇᴅ by a fox. Fred the Labrador and his owner Jeremy, however, found and rescued Dennis. Dennis and Fred have been buddies ever since. Fred apparently has a big heart, because it’s not the first time he’s helped take care of an orphan – he once adopted a baby deer as well.

4. Bea the Giraffe and Wilma the Ostrich

Bea and Wilma have become great friends during their time together at Busch Gardens in the U.S. The two share a huge 65-acre enclosure, so they aren’t forced to spend time together – they do so willingly.

5. Bubbles the African Elephant and Bella the Black Labrador

Despite the extreme difference in size, Bubbles the elephant and Bella the black lab have become great friends. Bubbles was brought to a safari reserve in the U.S. after she was rescued from ivory ᴘᴏᴀᴄʜᴇʀs in Africa, while Bella was left there by a contractor for the park. The two are great to see together, especially when Bella uses Bubbles as a diving board!

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