Amusing Monday: Unusual animal friendships

I’m intrigued by the unusual friendships that somehow develop between very different animals, such as the story of Owen, a baby hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise.

The baby hippo was found on a beach near Malindi, Kenya, following the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. He was brought to Kenya’s Haller Park, where he was cared for and soon formed a bond with a giant tortoise. The story, which drew much attention at the time, is best told in the National Geographic video on this page.

You may recall that in February I featured a couple videos about an apparent friendship between a dog and a deer. See Amusing Monday for Feb. 13.

Other unusual pairings that I think you’ll find amusing:

Cat and crow: National Geographic

Orangutan and hound: National Geographic,
with musical version by bouju1

Deer and mother goose: WGRZ, Buffalo, N.Y.

Lioness and oryx: National Geographic

Cat and dolphin: n24our

Elephant and dog: National Geographic,
with CBS News — Assignment America

Gorilla and kitten: Kokoflix,
with Koko befriends a new kitten

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