Bubble the elephant was adopted by the Myrtle Beach Safari in 1983. Bella the lab was left there in 2007 by the contractor hired to build a swimming pool for Bubble. Their mutual love of the water brought them together and they are almost inseparable today.
Thelma, the elephant, lost its mother and was taken in by a South African wildlife rehabilitation center where she was introduced to her new friend, Albert. After a rough first day together, with Thelma chasing Albert around the enclosure, the two became best of friends when Thelma figured out how to control her weight.
Shrek the owlet was taken in by the head falconer at an animal center. His greyhound puppy, Torque, took to the owl soon after and cared for her. They now enjoy hanging out together on the couch and watching TV.
A woman found a fawn alone by the side. The baby’s mother had unfortunately been struck by a car. After a few days, the fawn became friends with the woman’s dog and cat. Then, she settled on her best friend, the family bunny, Ben.
This adorable little fawn was wandering alone in the woods for three days. That’s when a neighbor’s dog, Kate, decided to step in. She started to care for the fawn, who would be named Pippin, and the dog gave the family no choice but to take in the fawn.
Three species of natural enemies living in perfect harmony
Koko the “talking” gorilla is perhaps the most famous adoptive parent. She has had several cats as pets during her 40 years at the Gorilla Foundation in California. When her first kitten died after being hit by a car, Koko expressed her sadness to researchers using sign language.
This unlikely duo met at a reserve for endangered animals in South Carolina, when Roscoe the blue tick hound, a former stray, followed workers to the reserve. He was later found playing with Suryia the orangutan. Gathering world wide attention, they have appeared in National Geographic magazine and on Oprah Winfrey.
Taken by police during a drug raid back in 2001, Baloo the bear, Leo the lion, and Shere Khan the tiger have been living together as pals ever since in an animal rescue center in Georgia. Even though in the wild they wouldn’t be friends, they are very happy together.
Shakira is a seval (an African wild cat) that was rejected by her mother at a zoo in Germany. A friend of the zookeeper took the kitten in when it was only 14 days old and his Rhodesian ridgeback quickly accepted it along with its puppies.
Liab was the smallest of three lambs and was sadly rejected by his mother. That’s when Sox had the heart to take over. Now all grown up, Liab is back out on the farm with his family, thanks to the care of the family cat.
Bonedigger the lion has been friends with the dachshunds for five years now. Joe Schreibvogel, an animal expert with the Garold Wayne Zoo in Oklahoma, introduced his four dogs to the lion when he was just a cub and they have been sharing meals and napping together ever since.
This kitty should be eating the rat, but instead gives him a hug
A wild macaque male monkey took in and cared for a deserted orange kitten. The monkey has been seen in the forest taking excellent care of the cat by nuzzling and grooming it. The first spotting of the monkey and it’s kitten was at the Monkey Forest in Bali, Indonesia.
If only humans were so kind to others that looked different than themselves.