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Animal Friendships That Make You Smile

Updated on October 24, 2013

Heartwarming Stories and Videos of Odd Animal Friendships

One of the things I really love about email is the easy way in which photos and videos can be delivered to your computer and you are only one click away from viewing some of the most interesting and extraordinary animal friendships.

It was the appearance of three photos of a real-life leopard and mouse encounter in my email inbox which lead to writing my children's illustrated book, The Leopard and The Mouse that was published recently!

Read on for details, stories, photos and video about unusual animal friendships. But first, here's a really cute story about a brief but special animal friendship!

My brother, younger sister and I rented a cottage in Hampshire, England, so we could spend a week together, as well as attend our niece's wedding during the first weekend. As soon as we had arrived at the house and settled in, we heard a loud meowing outside the door. All of us are animal lovers so we responded by opening the door, only to catch a glimpse of a small black and white cat, as she shot right by us and ran into the house.

She was a sweet natured cat who seemed very hungry as she wolfed down some scraps of ham we had left over from our meal. We named her Socks, since she had white paws. Socks stayed in and around the house all week. We made sure to put her outside each day when we left and let her in again when we returned. We bought her cat food and fed her morning and evening and she made herself at home either sitting on the floor in front of the log fire we made every night, or right next to one of us - mostly my brother to whom she took a great liking.

The house we rented was on a working farm in the New Forest. Later in the week we ran into a lady who was one of the owners. We asked about Socks - was she her cat, did she belong on the farm? The woman replied that she was a farm cat, who preferred to stay outside and was not very friendly! We said nothing, but smiled at each other. Animals are killed on farms (albeit for food) - we knew that, Socks knew that. She was a sweet, friendly and adorable pet, who "lived" with us for a whole week. It was really hard for all of us to say goodbye to Socks at the end of our stay.

Recently I came across a photograph of Socks sitting next to my brother on a chair and smiled -- both look really content. Cats and all animals have just an amazing ability to sense energy don't they!

Horse and Cat by Leenasart

What Do These Animal Friendships Tell Us About Life and Love?

When a bond develops between animals from different species, who look completely unlike each other and vary considerably in size, we are frequently surprised. We wonder why and how such friendships develop and what happened to bring the creatures together.

Quite often when newborn animals are abandoned, a surrogate mother will step in and provide both the life-giving food or milk and attention necessary for the infant to survive. I have seen photos of a pig suckling tiger cubs and a dog providing milk for a baby rabbit!

Sometimes a close relationship forms between animals who are brought together by humans and then grow up together. The most recent example I have seen of this was the tiger, bear and lion cubs who were removed from the custody of a drug-lord to a wild-life sanctuary, where they have been allowed to stay together. Their bond seems to be unbreakable and they appear to accept that while they would never have tolerated or perhaps even come across each other in the wild, they love and enjoy each other's company so much that it would be cruel to separate them.

Even though they cannot use words to speak to each other, or the language of the same species, there is obviously another way in which very different animals - a horse and a cat, for example, communicate. I believe they are able to connect through the energy which is an integral part of life; I am talking about soul-energy. It is this energy that is present in us and all living things -- energy that allows us to sense thoughts and emotions like fear and love.

Seeing two animals like a hippo and giant tortoise, an elephant and sheep, or a predator and prey such as a cat and a rat both who spend time together and seem to love each other's company both shocks and touches the human heart. It is almost as if the animals are delivering a message to mankind - "friendship has nothing to do with what you look like or where you come from and everything to do with seeing beneath the outer shell to who you are inside!"

It certainly makes me smile to come across an odd couple in the animal world. Perhaps if we focused less on how we look and the desire to be with people "like us", we would learn more about love and friendship from those who are different from us.

Watch this space for information about my second children's book - a lesson in anger management and a love story about two very different animals.

The Leopard and the Mouse - A book by Marilyn Briant

This book is a 2011/2012 winner on the KART (Kids Are ReadersToo) Kids Book List!

Videos of Unusual Animal Friendships

Videos That Feature Unusual Animal Friendships

Books about Unusual Animal Friendships

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships - Book available from Amazon

Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Owen & Mzee: Language Of Friendship - Can a turtle and a hippo be friends?


Have you come across some special animal friendships you'd like to share? Please use the Comments section above to add your short stories on the unique friendships you've encountered.

I Hope These Animal Friendships Put a Smile on Your Face

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really awesome, thanks for sharing this beautiful lens

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      There is a lot we don't know about animals (or should I say 'other' animals). One thing's for sure -- they are amazing!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Very nicely written page. Animal Friendships truly are amazing. I wonder if it has to do with the unconditional love that animals offers? They are such special creatures.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      they did - I'll give it a mention on my lens

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I read that book about the hippo and the tortoise being friends. Pretty amazing.