Unlikely friends

A pig and a tiger, a monkey and a rabbit, a duck and a dog – these best buddy pairs make some very odd couples.

A young boar that was named Freddy looks for food as it stands beside leading bull Mario in Ebergoetzen near Goettingen, central Germany, Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010. According to cattle owner Bodo Bertsch the young boar showed up among the herd of Galloway cattle about six weeks earlier and is feed from time to time by a cow. The farmer assumes that Freddy has been separated from his pack. (AP Photo/dapd, Stefan Simonsen)

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A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania resident reports that her cat has struck up a special friendship with the neighboring wildlife, according to Every morning, a local deer visits the cat, who reciprocates by grooming the much larger animal. The deer expresses its affection by licking the friendly feline.

Female dachshund Bessi lays in a basket with a 5-day-old baby tiger on May 20, at the wild animal park in Stroehen, Germany.

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In this three picture combo, played out on the front walk of an Amish family in Middlefield, Ohio, a black cat approaches a resting dog, and then makes herself quite comfortable with her newfound friend. Family members said that the dog belonged to a neighbor, and the feline was one of their many barn cats.

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At the Wildlives Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington, Colchester, UK, Prudence the piglet thinks she is a dog.

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Laith the lion licks Dima the tigress in their cage at Ghamadan Zoo near Amman, Jordan.

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Owner Steph Tuft, 25, takes duck Essy for a walk with her Staffordshire cross dogs Rachka, aged 2 (left) and DD, aged 4, in Bournemouth, England. Essy, a 9-month-old Cherry Valley duck, thinks she is a dog, and likes to walk with the other two pets.

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Smaigel the cat nurses her kittens and four puppies at her owner Mohammad Al-Hamoury's house in Amman, Jordan. Smaigel is parenting the puppies, whose mother died in a car accident.

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A baby elephant and a sheep may not appear to have much in common, but at the Shamwari Game Reserve these two animals have become the best of pals. Eight-month-old orphan Themba the elephant, whose name means 'hope' in Xhosa, struck up a friendship with wooly Albert after arriving at the reserve's animal hospital when he was just six months old. Themba's mother had fallen off a cliff and died at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, where Themba was born.

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Tiger cubs sit in their feeding pen with a sow pig, who has become their surrogate mother, at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Pattaya, Thailand.

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BoonLua, a long-tailed macaque, lives with Toby, a rabbit, in Ayutthaya province in Thailand. BoonLua, the 6-year-old wild monkey, lost both its legs and one arm during an attack by dogs three years ago. It dragged itself to a nearby temple where it received medical treatment and survived. He now lives in a custom built enclosure with the rabbit.

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Three-month-old tiger cub, Zoya, was rejected by her mother. She plays with Alsatian puppy Frida, who is the same age, in a special enclosure at the Warsaw Zoo in Poland. The dog is owned by a zoo employee and was introduced to the tiger so that she could have a companion for the next few months.

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A small rabbit jumped onto the back of its neighboring big hippo to cool itself off as the temperature keeps rising in east China.

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A female monkey clutches a pup as another monkey approaches in Jammu, India. The monkey lost her child and has adopted the pup, according to locals.

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A female dog cuddles with a young elk, which was rescued from a flooding river by a farmer in Inje, Gangwon Province, South Korea. The dog nurses and guards the elk.

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Five-week-old young boar, Manni, enjoys playing with Jack Russell terrier, Candy, in Ehringhausen, Germany. Manni, who was found abandoned in the forest, is hand-fed now.

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A tiger yawns and a pig stretches upon waking at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Pattaya, Thailand. The zoo promotes unusual family groups, called Happy Families, of mixed species such as tigers, pigs and dogs.

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Bea, a 3-year-old giraffe, and Wilma, an ostrich, share a moment at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla. Recently, zookeepers at Busch Gardens noticed the unlikely pair that just can't seem to get enough of one another.

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A baby hippo named Owen walks along with its "mother," a giant male Aldabran tortoise, at the Mombasa Haller Park in Mombasa, Kenya .The odd couple stayed together after the Asian tsumani reached the Kenyan shore and separated the young hippo from its mother.


A white dog nurses two red panda cubs in the zoo in Taiyuan in north China's Shanxi province. The two red panda cubs, born on June 25, were abandoned by their mother at birth, and are now thriving at a northern China zoo, thanks to care from an unlikely surrogate mother, the dog, according to state media.


A wild boar piglet named Schnitzel shares a bottle of milk with Jack russel terrier Doro (right) and ridgeback Lilli in Wiblingwerde, Germany. Schnitzel was left behind when farmer Heiko Cordt tried to chase away a herd of wild boars out of a friend's garden. Cordt now raises the piglet with his five dogs.

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