Many people are there which will think that animals are just dumb beasts. But they can also capable of feeling love and compassion just like humans can.
Naturally, all of these pictures are heart-breakingly adorable, but there’s more to it than that. Why did these animals form their friendships? Some of them, like the lions, dogs and elephants, are known for forming strong social relationships or even networks in the wild. In the absence of their prides or packs, it makes sense that they would seek social relationships outside of their own species.
Unusual friendships like these show that animals may be far more emotionally complex than many of us believe.
#1 Fred the Labrador and Dennis the Duckling
Things were looking grim for Dennis the duckling when his mother had been mauled 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.
#2 A dog feeds a piglet.
The piglet has been fed by the dog for some 40 days since its mother died soon after giving birth. The dog started feeding the piglet after encouragement by the farmer who placed the piglet with the dog in the doghouse, local media reported, northeast China.
#3 Milo the Dog and Bonedigger the Lion
Milo the tiny dachshund took Bonedigger the lion cub under his wing when it was discovered that the lion was suffering from a metabolic bone disease that left him disabled. Five years later, the 500 pound lion is still the best of buddies with the 11-pound dachshund and his two compatriots, Bullet and Angel.
#4 Two lion cubs and a dog play in the courtyard of a domestic house.
#5 A black swan feeds carps at a wildlife park in Shenzhen, in south China’s Guangdong.
#6 A wolf and a donkey share a cage in the northwestern town of Patok in Albania.
#7 A monkey sleeps next to a dog at Lacor camp.
#8 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.
#9 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 poachers 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!
#10 A turtle lies on top of an alligators back at the Summit Zoo in Panama City.
#11 A baby monkey, a lion cub and tiger cubs play at the Guaipo Manchurian Tiger Park in Shenyan.