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13 Strange Animals and their Unusual Friendship with Other Predators

They can teach us a thing or two about being tolerant

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As it’s said in “The Jungle Book,” men kill more than they can eat. We load our guns to cherish our vanity. Animals simply obey their instincts. Predators hunt weed-eaters, but even the most bloodthirsty monster won’t hurt a fly unless hungry.

Animals are free from racial prejudices. The friendship they make are so wonderful that even Walt Disney couldn’t have imagined them. In this paradise-like world, piglets play with tigers and cats pamper rodents.

13 Strange Animals and their Unusual Friendship with Other Predators

1) Cat and chipmunk

First the chipmunk spotted the cat sunbathing in the backyard and came closer to check whether it was possible to make friends with a big fluffy dude.

The cat lay down to let the chipmunk see it wouldn’t hurt the guest. The chipmunk crawled closer and closer and finally climbed the cat and they both put their eyes together in the drain. Not all cats are jerks.

Cat and chipmunk
Image credit: Reddit
Cat and chipmunk
Image credit: Reddit

2) Duck and cat

Who we hang out with determines our behavior. Here’s a good example: a duck raised together with a cat identifies itself more as a cat than a bird.

This self-declared cat hates water and in all probability doesn’t know it can fly (unfortunately, there is no information about the duck’s reaction to a red laser pointer). The source hasn’t mentioned whether the cat was weaving a nest or quaking like Scrooge.

Duck and cat
Image credit: Izismile

3) Cat and raccoon

Because of the anthropomorphic raccoon’s pose and traditionally dubious relations between his bros and cats, this picture seems to be photoshopped, but it’s real.

We have no information about the background of this surely remarkable story, but maybe the raccoon brought his mate to the vet, begging to fix him. On the other hand, the raccoon looks a little guilty and the cat could be wounded covering him.

Cat and raccoon
Image credit: Pinterest

4) Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo

These three are the symbol of unusual animal friendship. Their story didn’t begin like an Indian fairy-tale. Animal activists confiscated the trio from a drug dealer, who didn’t care about their health and almost starved them to death.

After these exhausted animals recovered under the supervision of vets, they were taken to the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in the U.S. where they live thick as thieves.

Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo
Image credit: Boredpanda

Initially, zoologists put them in the separate pens, but the guys quickly grew sad and only the reunion changed their mood.

Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo
Image credit: Boredpanda

5) Dog and ducklings

These pictures verify a phenomenon called in sociology “baby duck syndrome.” The essence of it is that a newborn duckling believes the first thing it sees to be its mother, so a line of ducklings can easily follow a police car, a human or something else, including a predator.

Dog and ducklings
Image credit: Izismile

These cute yellows were lucky to meet a very responsible dog which took them under his wing while the hen was missing.

Dog and ducklings
Image credit: Unleashed

6) Piglet and dog

It sounds like a forgotten fairy-tale your granny once told you at bedtime.

German farmers find a cute little piglet in the mountains. It was more dead than alive at the moment, but people nursed the patient back to health and introduced it to their Jack Russell terrier Candy.

Piglet and dog
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This breed is well-known for its friendliness. A weird fact: Manny the Piglet believes it’s a dog and even tries to bark at strangers.

Piglet and dog
Image credit: Boredpanda

7) Lioness and baby antelope

No one can explain for sure what it is: a maternal instinct or a strange sense of fairness. The lioness killed and ate mother antelope, but didn’t hurt its helpless baby. More, a natural-born hunter didn’t leave the orphan in savanna, knowing it was doomed to become a dinner of the pride in this case. The lioness has been protecting the antelope from its congeners with a great risk of turning into an outcast.

Lioness and baby antelope
Image credit: Hornoxe

8) Chimpanzee and tiger cubs

Anjana the chimpanzee is a very experienced nurse, helping to bring up many different animal babies. Her mother instinct is so strong that both predators and weed-eaters trust her.

Actually, she has a right to be included within the staffing of the animal reserve where Anjana lives, but she’s too lazy to put in the application.

Chimpanzee and tiger cubs
Image credit: AnjanaTheChimp

When two orphan tiger cubs arrived on the scene, there was no choice except Anjana. Their mother drowned in a cell during the flood, but they survived being in another section of the zoo.

Chimpanzee and tiger cubs
Image credit: AnjanaTheChimp

The old chimpanzee covers them with all possible kindness to prove this world isn’t totally dark.

Chimpanzee and tiger cubs
Image credit: AnjanaTheChimp

9) Bear and cat

For these two the word “black” doesn’t contain negative connotations. It won’t be a surprise if their favorite song is Mick Jagger’s “Paint It Black”.

The feline jumped into the bear’s pen 8 years ago when the bear named  Maeuschen (“Little Mouse” in German) was 32. Since then, the buddies have turned into the local attraction at the local zoo. They were separated several times, but Maeuschen went into deep depression, missing his tiny black friend. So the zookeepers decided to reunite them once and for all.

Bear and cat
Image credit: Dailymail

10) Hippopotamus and crocodile

Locals call this duo “the ferry”. As a rule, crocodiles do not attack hippos, preferring smaller victims. Only young and inexperienced units try to bite off more than they can chew.

In general, relations between hippos and crocs can be described as a balance of two river giants. It’s not a problem for a hippo to give its water neighbor a lift.

Hippopotamus and crocodile
Image credit: Pinterest

11) Piglet and lamb

They are farm dudes, so they were made to be friends, you may say. That’s right, but this disabled lamb was abandoned by everyone, including his flock.

No one but a little piglet cares about the lamb. The piglet escorts his poor bro to lend his shoulder when necessary. We should admit the owners, who were as kind as their piglet, constructing these helping wheels.

Piglet and lamb
Image credit: lovenature

12) Hyrax and tortoise

Just take a look at this narcissistic fatty. He acts like the third world dictator, taking the salute in his armored cabriolet (the “vehicle” is truly bullet-proof). All that’s lacking is medals and a forage cap.

Tortoises live for about a century and the old sage seems to be cheerful about such an irrepressible ego.

Hyrax and tortoise
Image credit: lovenature

13) Bonus

They really do exist. We can’t call this friendship unusual since “Hakuna Matata” became a part of our DNA.

Hakuna Matata
Image credit: demotivation

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