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Unlikely Animal Friendships

30 unlikely animal friendships

The cutest cross-species companions

The poet Tennyson said nature was "red in tooth and claw" - but sometimes, even the laws of the animal kingdom (and the food chain) can be ignored, resulting in some surprising friendships. Take a look at our gallery of the most unexpected animal allies and choose from a dog and a cat cuddling up or a goat giving a horse a massage (take a second to read that again. A goat. Giving a massage. To a horse.) We challenge you not to feel all warm inside. Gives you back your faith in the world it does.

Picture credit: Rex Features

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Who says cats and dogs can't be friends? Not… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Who says cats and dogs can't be friends? Not Pippa the Jack Russell, who adopted a litter of abandoned kittens.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Animal sanctuaries are wonderful places, where… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Animal sanctuaries are wonderful places, where even the fiercest of predators befriend their prey. Here Blofeld the cat (somewhat reluctantly) lets a thrush sit on his head.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    After being treated at a wildlife hospital, this… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    After being treated at a wildlife hospital, this baby badger and fox cub became the firmest of friends. Is it just us, or are you thinking about Ant and Dec too?

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Look at the dog shielding this eight week old… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Look at the dog shielding this eight week old kitten from danger. These two abandoned animals put their differences aside to form a bond at a rescue centre in Melbourne.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    They say sharing is caring - how kind of this… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    They say sharing is caring - how kind of this moggy to let a mouse share the cream.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    A macaque monkey rocks his cat companion to… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    A macaque monkey rocks his cat companion to sleep, after discovering her lost in the Indonesian jungle.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    With this Great Dane's protective stance, little… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    With this Great Dane's protective stance, little Bambi needn't worry about being hunted again.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Molly the Shitzu and Maggie the Magpie make an… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Molly the Shitzu and Maggie the Magpie make an unlikely pair, but despite the slightly awkward photo, their owner says they are the best of friends. Our message to the owner: use Instagram next time, everyone feels more comfortable when you do photos with that.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Tish the kitten may be the size of Victorian… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Tish the kitten may be the size of Victorian Bulldog Rosie's head, but they still enjoy snuggling up on the grass.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Odo the gibbon clings on for dear life as Jake… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Odo the gibbon clings on for dear life as Jake the dog lets him rest his paws.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    The Owl and the Pussycat became friends in the… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    The Owl and the Pussycat became friends in the popular nursery rhyme, but in real life the owl prefers to defy cultural stereotypes and hang with a greyhound.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Apparently Flint the Fox and Beau the Cockerel… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Apparently Flint the Fox and Beau the Cockerel were involved in a scrap before this picture was taken (Flint bit a chunk of feathers off Beau's impressive mane). You'll be pleased to know they've since made up, and Flint has kept his jaws firmly shut.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    This goat is giving a horse a massage with its… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    This goat is giving a horse a massage with its hooves. That's true friendship, right there. Seriously, we can't even get our nearest and dearest to do this for us.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    This photo is like a mini, less sinister version… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    This photo is like a mini, less sinister version of Animal Farm.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    We don't know why this Guinea Pig and Budgie are… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    We don't know why this Guinea Pig and Budgie are posing together on a cucumber in this photo. Perhaps they share a mutual love of salad?

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    We'd like to think that after this photo, the… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    We'd like to think that after this photo, the Shetland Pony and Cowboy-esque dog rode off together into the sunset.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    This Golden Retriever is either really enjoying… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    This Golden Retriever is either really enjoying his nuzzle with a deer, or completely over it and acting aloof.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    "Seriously, you always have the best… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    "Seriously, you always have the best clothes. You look amazing. I can never get anything vintage to fit me."

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Whilst it's heart-warming to see these two so… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Whilst it's heart-warming to see these two so close, we're worried the lion is thinking about what to have for lunch...

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    "There there, young kitten" More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    "There there, young kitten"

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    When the otter isn't hanging out in lakes and… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    When the otter isn't hanging out in lakes and hunting fish, he likes nothing better than to cuddle up with a kitten...

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    ...or a badger. He certainly gets around! More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    ...or a badger. He certainly gets around!

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    The Gosling is an early bird, whilst the Owl is… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    The Gosling is an early bird, whilst the Owl is more nocturnal, but these two lovebirds have put their differences aside.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    This dog is clearly enraptured by what his new… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    This dog is clearly enraptured by what his new friends, the owls, have to say. Listen to the owls, for they are wise.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    This little piggie is really enjoying his cat… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    This little piggie is really enjoying his cat head rub...

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    This little piggie gives his duckling friends a… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    This little piggie gives his duckling friends a nudge on the way to breakfast.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    And this little piggie has befriended the black… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    And this little piggie has befriended the black sheep of the family.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    After a stressful day on the wildlife reserve,… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    After a stressful day on the wildlife reserve, Albert the sheep and baby elephant Themba have some down time.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Chestnut the squirrel always gave his friend… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Chestnut the squirrel always gave his friend Sugar a head rub after a stressful day.

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    Unlikely animal friendships

    Forget a bear hug - it's all about the tiger hug… More details

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Unlikely animal friendships

    Forget a bear hug - it's all about the tiger hug in the animal kingdom.

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