19 Unlikely Animals Who Became Best Friends

It’s not uncommon for animals to form close bonds with members of other species, including those they would normally consider eating.

Animals are brought together in unexpected ways due to abandonment, tragedy, or living together on farms or zoos.

We’re looking at what occurs when opposites attract in honor of National Best Friends Day.

1.A monkey bought from an animal trader in Bangladesh spends hours hugging and cuddling this puppy.

A female monkey fondly cuddles a puppy at a shop in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, May 9, 2002. The pet monkey, bought from an animal trader, "adopted" the puppy recently and spends many happy hours hugging it. Hunting and selling of monkeys are prohibited under Bangladesh laws but they are seldom enforced.
REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

2. This dog at a Chinese zoo is acting as a wet nurse for these tiger cubs. Their real mother is too weak to produce milk.

A dog feeds two tiger cubs in a zoo in Hefei, east China's Anhui province in this picture taken on May 2, 2005. The tigers mother, who gave birth to the two cubs on May 1 is unable to produce enough milk and the zoo keepers found a dog to act as the wet nurse.

3. This brown bear cub wandered into a family’s yard in Slovenia, and has since taken to the family dog.

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays with the Logar family dog in Podvrh village, central Slovenia June 1, 2011. The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about 30 days ago. Although the family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for it, veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals.
REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

4. A zoo in Thailand is trying to pair domestic animals like pigs with tigers to bring in more visitors.

A piglet sleeps on a tiger at Siracha zoo, 80 km (50 miles) east of the Thai capital Bangkok on 2, July 2004. The zoo is trying to boost visitor numbers by teaching domestic animals such as pigs, and wild animals such as tigers, to live together in harmony from an early age. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang SS/TW
REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

5. This donkey and wolf have become quite close, and even share a pen on the farm where they live in Albania. The friendship draws a lot of attention from the neighbors.

A wolf and a donkey share a cage in the northwestern town of Patok in Albania, about 40 km (25 miles) from capital the Tirana, May 9, 2007. The donkey was brought into the enclosure to be fed to the wolf, which was caught in the northern Albanian mountains four months ago. The animals have since become attached to each other, cohabitating in the cage for the last 10 days, and attracting curious villagers and local media. REUTERS/Arben Celi (ALBANIA)
REUTERS/Arben Celi

6. A camel bends over a fence to nuzzle a miniature pig at a zoo in Russia.

Three-month-old Asian camel Ldinka bends over a fence to nuzzle against an adult Vietnamese miniature pig at Royev Ruchey Zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 2, 2009.  (RUSSIA ANIMALS)
REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

7. A monkey helps a parrot get rid of lice at a wild animal park in China

REUTERS/China Newsphoto PP05040251

8. A young parrot perches itself on a dog dressed in a hat.

Dog and parrot
REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

9. A dog, cat, and mouse pile on at the end of a long day.

cat and dog
REUTERS/Jeff Topping

10. A dog rests on a buffalo near a river in Pakistan.

Buffalo and dog
REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

11. A baby hippopotamus cozies up to his adopted “mother” — a 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary.


12. Both abandoned by their owners years ago, this monkey and cat have become playmates at a temple in Thailand. The monkey even checks the cat for lice.

Piek, a four-year-old monkey, checks one-year-old Pom for lice at a temple in the Thai city of Ayutthaya, 85 km (53 miles) north of Bangkok on August 7, 2002. Both animals were abandoned at the temple by their owners a year ago. Since then they have become playmates have been taking care of each other. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang
REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

13. These cougar and tiger cubs are quite close with this German shepherd at an Australian veterinarian’s house.

A Bengal tiger and cougar cubs sit with a german shepherd at a veterinarian's house in Sydney April 2, 2001.
REUTERS/David Gray

14. Onward! This mouse is catching a float on this frog in Lucknow, India.

A mouse rides on the back of a frog in floodwaters in the northern Indian city Lucknow June 30, 2006.
REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

15. After its own kitten died, this cat started taking care of these puppies, whose mother had been hit by a car.

A cat nurses a puppy near the town of Mamurras, 50 km (31 miles) from Tirana, May 24, 2007. The cat, which had lost her kitten, started caring for the puppies after their mother was killed by a car.
REUTERS/Arben Celi

16. This black swan is feeding these carp at a wildlife park in Shenzen, China.

A black swan feeds carps at a wildlife park in Shenzhen, in south China's Guangdong province, April 7, 2007. Picture taken April 7, 2007
REUTERS/China Daily

17. A tiger cub and a baby monkey pal around at a zoo in China.

A baby rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) plays with a tiger cub at a zoo in Hefei, Anhui province, August 2, 2012.

18. A turtle catches a ride on the back of an alligator in Panama’s Summit Zoo.

A turtle lies on top of an alligators back at the Summit Zoo in Panama City August 10, 2012.
REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

19. A baby monkey, a lion cub, and tiger cubs play at a Tiger Park in China.

Lion and monkey

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