Interspecies friendships are real!

SLIDE SHOW

Topics: slideshow, ,

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 9
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Tiger cub and baby orangutan

    These two guys were abandoned by their mothers after birth. They were animal orphans with no one -- until they found each other at Indonesia's Taman Safari zoo. They are basically what the song "Livin' on a Prayer" was written about.

    Credit: The Daily Mail

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Leo the terrier and his kittens

    Oh, wondering who this guy is? Well, it's none other than Leo the Terrier: Hero dog. Leo risked his life to save a litter of newborn kittens from a house fire in Melbourne, Australia. He had to be revived with oxygen and heart massage because he literally died while saving his cat friends.

    Credit: The Associated Press

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Owen and Mzee

    Owen the baby hippo was rescued in the Indian Ocean in 2004. Then he was bunked with Mzee, a 130-year-old Aldabra Giant Tortoise. The pair ate, slept, swam and played together until they were separated so Owen could have a bigger enclosure. But their love was so real and strong and true that it inspired a New York Times bestseller.

    Credit: Interspecies Friends

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Golden retriever and tiger cubs

    What is that dog doing with all of those tiger cubs, you ask? It is being a hero, that is what. These tiger cubs at Safari Zoological Park in southeast Kansas were abandoned by their mothers -- until Isabella the golden retriever stepped in and saved their tiger lives.

    Credit: The Associated Press

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Luna the whale and a dog

    Luna should want to eat this dog, but she does not. Why? Because animal friendships conquer all!!!

    Credit: Interspecies Friendships

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Cashew and Libby

    Cashew, a yellow Labrador mix, went blind and deaf due to old age. Then Libby stepped in, leading her canine friend around and watching over the dog while the two slept side-by-side until Cashew's death years later.

    Credit: Interspecies Friendships

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Otter and goat

    Look, I honestly do not know the origin story of this pair. But from the looks of it, they probably met at a fundraiser for the Trevor Project or while distributing disaster relief supplies post-Hurricane Sandy. But that is just my guess.

    Credit: Interspecies Friendships

    Interspecies friendships are real!

    Rex the dog and a baby kangaroo

    Rex came across a dead kangaroo in the road in Victoria, Australia. One of its joeys was alive in its mother's pouch. So Rex rescued it, took it home, and dropped it at his owner's feet. Now they are best friends and the joey literally owes Rex its life, but I bet Rex is always like, "Oh, it's no big deal. You would have done the same for me."

    Credit: Interspecies Friendships

  • Recent Slide Shows

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.

    Domino's

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.

    Arby's/Facebook

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.

    KFC

    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.

    Pizzagamechangers.com

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.

    7-Eleven

    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>