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.
Even animals need friends, so here’s a few heartwarming, adorable animal friends that just might make you smile.
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
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.
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.
Learn more about Owen and Mzee the Hippo and tortoise friends and watch their documentary here.
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
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.
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.
A cat and a capybara make friends. Capybara’s are from South America and look like giant hamsters, weighing up to 100 lbs.
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)