Top 10 Strangest Animal Couples! From the real life Jungle Book to a lion who adopted her prey…stay tuned to number 1 to hear about the strangest animal couples!
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From the real life Jungle Book to a lion who adopted her prey…stay tuned to number 1
to hear about the strangest animal couples!
Number 10: Shere Khan, Baloo And Leo.
How amazing would it be if The Jungle Book came to life?
Well, it sorta did at a Georgia animal sanctuary.
Believe it or not, a lion, a tiger and a bear grew up together and managed to become the
best of friends.
Their story starts out pretty sad but ends happily ever after.
The three wild animals were owned by a drug dealer who mistreated them for years.
Their owner was eventually arrested, but not before Baloo, the bear, needed surgery to
remove a harness that was stuck to him from years of neglect.
Fortunately, the surgery went perfectly and all three animals were able to stay together
at the sanctuary.
Today the trio live happily at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia.
Despite their differences in species, the three get along great and are enjoyed by the
visitors on a regular basis.
Number 9: An Orangutan and Hound Dog.
There are few similarities between dogs and monkey.
Okay, so, that’s about it.
But when an orangutan and a hound dog found each other, nobody expected the duo to make
friends, yet somehow, they did.
In 2006, a conservationist named Doc Antle, owner of an animal sanctuary in Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina, found a stray dog near his property.
When the dog followed him home, and after he made a few phone calls to see if anyone
was missing a dog, he figured he would just keep him as a pet.
However, the dog instantly took a liking to an orangutan on the property.
Doc kept the dog and allowed him to play with the orangutan whenever he wanted.
Turns out, they wanted to play all the time.
The two still live at the sanctuary and are inseparable from one another.
No one is really sure why, but Doc sure doesn’t mind two of his pets getting along, even if
they are wildly different from one another.
Number 8: A Buck And A Duck.
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Nothing seems like a better combination than the rhyming duo of a buck and a duck.
But could this pair ever work out?
Wouldn’t the buck just wait for the bird to leave her eggs behind and enjoy a snack?
Well, luckily deer aren’t carnivorous.
When these two met in Buffalo, New York, they became instant friends.
To make things weird from the start, this goose lived in a cemetery in Buffalo where
she laid her eggs.
The only problem was that she didn’t seem to have a mate to help her take care of the
That’s where the buck comes in.
A deer wandered into the cemetery and started watching guard over the mother goose and eggs.
Even after the eggs hatched, the buck stuck around to protect the family and became the
new dad in a way.
A strange combination, the buck and the duck became local celebrities due to their odd
Number 7: An Elephant And A Dog.
Size can be a definite issue when it comes to animal friendships.
After all, if one can easily crush the other, the friendship is likely to fail.
But size means nothing to this elephant and dog duo from Tennessee.
In fact, these two mismatched animals love to play, eat and even sleep near one another.
Conservationist Carol Buckley, owner of an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, came across
a dog one day while walking near her property.
She noticed that the dog really took a liking to the farming equipment nearby.
When she brought the dog home, the fascination with all things large continued the moment
she met one of the elephants.
What’s even more amazing is that the elephant took to the dog just as much.
Despite the size difference, the elephant treated the dog like her own child, carefully
stepping around her wherever she went and playing with her all the time.
When the dog got hurt, the elephant even held vigil near the house while the dog recuperated.
Carol Buckley has no idea why these two like each other so much, but she doesn’t mind one
Number 6: An Elephant And A Sheep.
Speaking of elephants, they don’t just take to dogs all the time.
They also can make friends with sheep.
Who knew, right?
How or why this happens we’ll never really understand.
Themba the elephant was very young when his mother passed away suddenly.
He was brought to an animal sanctuary in South Africa where conservationists helped him to
join a new family of elephants.
At first, they needed to transition him into his new environment, but also needed him to
interact with someone at the sanctuary.
When they put a sheep in his pen, they became instant friends, surprising the keepers and
Unfortunately, Themba passed away from an intestinal issue before he could be released
into the wild.
On the plus side, he had a good time living with his sheep friend and the other elephants
at the sanctuary for a while.
Another example of unique friendships forming in the animal kingdom.
Number 5: A Cheetah And A Dog.
Dogs and cats should never get along.
At least, all the cartoons say so, right?
And this should be the case between dogs and big cats, too.
In this case, a dog and a cheetah never got the memo because these two managed to become
best of friends.
At the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, a dog and a cheetah happened to come together and immediately
took a liking to one another.
They are part of a program designed to help teach farmers in Africa how to train dogs
to protect livestock rather than attack.
Somehow, a cheetah managed to find its way to the dogs in the program and instantly became
good friends with one of them.
No one is really sure why these two are so close.
They do everything together, from playing to eating and everything in between.
However it happened, these two prove that the classic dog versus cat story doesn’t always
have to be a thing, even if the cartoons say so.
Number 4: An Old Turtle And A Hippo.
Turtles and hippos rarely ever hang out.
Usually they don’t even meet.
But when circumstances allowed it this time, it led to a wild friendship that nobody saw
In 2004, when a tsunami hit near Indonesia, it sent waves as far as the west coast of
Unfortunately, it also swept away a family of hippos, all except the youngest who was
later rescued and brought to an animal sanctuary.
That’s where he met a friendly old tortoise, about 130 years old to be exact.
Both animals became friends right away and even inspired a children’s book about their
Today they live with their own species at the sanctuary, but they will forever be remembered
for their unusual pairing and unique circumstances that brought the pair together.
Number 3: A Snake And A Hamster.
Okay, this matchup should never happen.
But it did.
Although snakes usually eat mice and not hamsters, this should have ended as a happy feast for
the snake, but instead it led to a friendship for both animals.
A snake at a zoo in Tokyo, Japan was not eating the frozen mice it was given by the zookeepers,
so they tried offering him an exciting live snack in the form of a hamster.
To their surprise, he didn’t eat this meal either.
Instead he began to play with it, and it played back.
The unique pair became a bit with the guests of the zoo and so they were allowed to stay
They still live together in the same pen at the zoo and the snake now eats regularly,
but luckily not his friend.
Let’s just hope that the snake doesn’t suddenly change his mind about his furry roommate.
Number 2: A Lion And His Humans.
It’s not every day you find a lion cub at a department store, but that’s exactly what
was there in 1969 London when Ace Bourke and John Rendall adopted a lion cub.
The big cat, named Christian, was an immediate part of the family for the two.
As the cat got bigger, they tried their best to take care of him, but it became too hard
given the limited space of their home.
They had to let him go, so they contacted a conservationist in Kenya.
Transporting the cat to Africa, they were able to get him acquainted with another lion
family who took him in.
But Bourke and Rendall missed their friend, so a year later they traveled to Kenya for
Not knowing what to expect, they managed to find Christian and he leaped right up to them,
knowing exactly who they were.
The story made worldwide news years later, and proved that animals make a deep connection
with us, just as we do with them.
Number 1: A Lion Adopts Her Dinner.
Certain species should not get along at all.
And how this friendship happened, no one really knows.
When a lioness and an antelope took a liking to one another, nobody knew what to think.
At an animal sanctuary in Kenya, a lioness named Kamuniak happened to befriend an antelope
that was meant to be her meal.
It seemed cute at first, but after a while neither animal would eat near the other, so
it posed a problem for both animals.
The animals were separated and eventually Kamuniak learned from other lions how to hunt
antelope and joined in.
However, she would go on to befriend a few more antelopes in the area, refusing to attack.
A very strange combination that had not been seen at the sanctuary and was not seen again,
but it warmed the hearts of everyone on staff.
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