World Friendship Day – Unlikely Animal Friendships

Posted by Argos, 4 July 2018, last updated 15 September 2020.

If you didn’t already know, July 30th is a cause for celebration – it’s World Friendship Day!

Imagine a friendship between two very opposite, but wonderful, animals. A friendship so pure that they can overlook each other’s glaring physical differences and form a true connection.

Well, you don’t need to imagine, as we’ve compiled a list of the most adorable and unlikely animal friendships. Prepare to have your heart melted.

1. Fred the Labrador and Dennis the Duckling

Life was off to a bleak start for Dennis the Duckling when he was orphaned as a youngster.

Luckily, Fred the Labrador and his owner were on hand to rescue him, and they’ve been firm friends ever since.

world friendship day - fred and dennis

2. Milo the Dog and Bonedigger the Lion

One is an 11-pound dachshund, and one is a 500-pound lion, but such minor details haven’t stopped a wonderful friendship blossoming between these two. Milo befriended Bonedigger when he was a lion cub suffering from a metabolic bone disease that left him disabled, and by the looks of it, they have a very affectionate friendship.

world friendship day - milo and bonedigger

3. Cat and ducklings

One couple In Ireland was very surprised when a cat on their farm adopted ducklings into her litter. Hopefully, she won’t get too upset when it’s time to fly the nest!

world friendship day - cat and ducklings

4. Bea the Giraffe and Wilma the Ostrich

Bea and Wilma are two very unlikely long-necked buddies. They live together at Busch Gardens in the U.S. Although they share a very large 65-acre enclosure, they still prefer to hang out together.

world friendship day - bea and wilma

5. Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick Hound

This delightful duo lives together at a rare and endangered shelter in the U.S. Obviously, dogs aren’t endangered, but Roscoe and Suryia have lived together since the day he followed her and her owners home. He didn’t have a home or a loving family of his own so he stayed with Suryia, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

world friendship day - suriya and roscoe

6. Cassie the kitten and Moses the crow

When Cassie was found abandoned in a garden, her new owners noticed that she already had been taken in by an unlikely carer – Moses the crow. Moses stayed by Cassie’s side as she was nursed back to health.

When Cassie moved indoors, Moses would wait outside and peck on the window for his best friend to join him outside. Unfortunately, Moses didn’t return one day and the friendship came to an end.

world friendship day - cassie and moses

7. Anjana the Chimpanzee and Tiger Cubs

These two white tiger cubs were sadly separated from their mother during a hurricane. However, Anjana and her caretaker, China York, adopted the adorable cubs and took them under their wing. This friendly chimpanzee is no stranger to raising different orphaned animals, so the cubs are in safe hands.

world friendship day - anjana and tigers

8. Bubbles the African Elephant and Bella the black Labrador

Despite the rather large size difference, these two are bosom pals. Bubbles was rescued from ivory poachers in Africa and brought to a safari reserve in the States, while a contractor left Bella at the park. Clearly, they have a lot of fun hanging out together and playing in the water.

world friendship day - bubbles and bella

9. Torque the dog and Shrek the owl

Torque adopted Shrek the owl chick when he was only six months old. Handlers were afraid that Shrek’s mother would eat him when stressed, so he was removed from her care and he was united with his lifelong best friend, Torque.

world friendship day - torque and shrek

10. Candy the dog and Manni the Wild Boar Piglet

This adorable pair became fast friends when Candy’s family found a starving and abandoned piglet Manni in a field in southwest Germany. They brought him home and nurtured him back to health. Whether he stays with Candy and her family or moves to a wildlife park, we’re sure him and Candy will remain chums for the rest of their lives.

world friendship day - candy and manni

11. Mtani the Labrador and Kasi the Cheetah

Kasi and Mtani grew up together at Bush Gardens in the U.S and they were very close in their adolescence. Sadly, Kasi became more interested in the female cheetahs and started to drift from Mtani. Kasi now hangs out with the other cheetahs more, but him and Mtani remain good friends and still often visit places together.

world friendship day - mtani and kasi

12. Sniffer the Wild Fox and Tinni the Dog

These two met in the forests of Norway, decided to hang out and have been inseparable buddies ever since. Tinni’s owner follows them, trying to keep up, in order to capture their precious friendship on film.

world friendship day - sniffer and tinni


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