Adorable Animal Friends – It’s the Saturday Smile!

Animal Friends - Sloths Hugging

We all need friends. Shakespeare said “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”.

A true friend is there for the good times and the bad, will never judge, and will help you unconditionally. Studies have shown that having friends will help you live longer, and unequivocally that it’s the friendship part of marriage that makes marriage last.

Source: psychologytoday.com

Even animals need friends, so here’s a few heartwarming, adorable animal friends that just might make you smile.

Animal Friends - Moose and Cat

A Moose and a cat. Looks like a Canadian friendship.

Animal Friends -  Lion and dachshund

Bonedigger the Lion and Milo the Daschund

Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla.  The two were introduced in 2008 when Bonedigger was just a 4-week-old cub. A metabolic bone disease has made it difficult to move around for the big cat.

Park president Joe Schreibvogel – who goes by the name “Joe Exotic” — thinks the lion’s state has something to do with the connection the animals formed. “The dogs thought it was just a big puppy and have loved each other since,” he told Today. “I also think they know the lion is not as normal as the rest.”

Today, the animals cuddle, dine on raw meat together and even mimic each other. Milo is Bonedigger’s closest friend, and he often tries to imitate the lion’s growls. He also serves as Bonedigger’s personal dentist. After the animals eat, 5-year-old Milo licks the lion’s teeth clean, and Bonedigger returns the gesture by licking the dog with a tongue nearly the size of the dog’s head.

Source: Mother Nature Network

Animal Friends - Dog and Goat

Animal Friends - Dog and Bunnies

Animal Friends - Dogs and Turtle

These pictures are from the Rocky Ridge Refuge, in Gassville, Arkansas. These Great Dane puppies came into the refuge and Crouton the tortoise has joined them.  His best buddy is Guppy, the Great Dane puppy.

Animal Friends - Horses and Cat

Animal Friends - Baby Elephant and Birds

Animal Friends - Tiger and Orangutan

This baby tiger cub and baby orangutan were both abandoned by their mothers.  In the wild they would be enemies, but at their sanctuary home in Indonesia, they are best of friends and often cuddle each other for comfort.

Animal Friends - Horse and Dog

Dog and Horse buddies taking a break for a snuggle.

 

Animal Friends - Hippo and tortoise

In December 2004, a frightened young hippo, separated from his family by a devastating tsunami, bonded with an Aldabra tortoise named Mzee. The 130 year-old tortoise accepted Owen as his own, and an inseparable bond was forged. 

Learn more about Owen and Mzee the Hippo and tortoise friends and watch their documentary here.

Animal Friends - Lion, Tiger, Bear

Lion and Tiger and Bear…oh my. Best buddies from birth.

Animal Friends - Dog and Fawn

Dog and a Fawn form a friendship.

Animal Friends - Elephant and Sheep

When baby elephant Themba’s mother died, the veterinary team at Shamwari Game Reserve tried to step in and help, but Themba was too distressed to eat. Fearing he would starve to death, the team introduced him to Albert, a sheep from a nearby farm, hoping he could provide companionship. Although there was some initial tension, the two quickly became inseparable,  and Themba finally started eating.  Source: Mother Nature Network

Animal Friends - Dog & Bunny

Hopping into friendship – Dog and Bunny best buddies.

Animal Friends - Chimp and Grizzly

Bam-Bam the Grizzly bear and Vali the Chimp

These two cute little critters have formed a truly great friendship, meet Vali the chimp and Bam Bam the bear.

The two live together at a park in South Carolina, where they and their parents were born.

Animal Friends - Gorilla and Cat

Koko is one of the most famous gorillas ever.  She uses sign language to communicate and asked her trainers if she could have a cat.  She’s had two cats and her latest is Tigger, an orphaned kitty who loves her new friend.  Koko has amazing maternal instincts and Tigger is always calm around her.

Animal Friends - Cat and Cayabera

A cat and a capybara make friends.  Capybara’s are from South America and look like giant hamsters, weighing up to 100 lbs.

Animal Friends - Dog and Lamb

Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and when you have a good one, make sure you do all you can to keep them!

True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically. – Author Unknown (Internet, probably)

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