40 Cute Animal Friendships That Will Turn Your Frown Upside Down

Domestication has led to animals forging a close bond with humans. But animals can be more than just man’s best friend. They can also get along with other animals of different species as can be seen from these photos of animal friendships. Cats and dogs with a reputation of being sworn enemies have proven that they can be best buddies. You don’t believe us? Let our previous post about a husky and a kitten becoming best friends prove our point. Or this post about a Shar Pei dog and a cat being inseparable.

Cats and dogs aren’t the only animals that can forge a bond. It can develop between an elephant and an ostrich, a chimpanzee and a tiger, a goat and a sheep, a duck and a pig and more. True friendship knows no species. Domestication plays a vital role in promoting interspecies friendship. However, there have been numerous cases of an unusual bond forming in wild animals as can be seen from several photos and videos.


Unusual Animal Friendships Between Two Different Species

Animal friendships can be initially traced back to mutualism where two different organisms of different species interact with each other because they both benefit from it. Oxpeckers, for example, are often seen sitting on grazing mammals such as impalas and giraffes.

These large mammals would let these tiny birds loaf around on their backs like they were besties. But there’s actually more to their friendship than just giving these birds a free ride. In fact, oxpeckers are feeding on ticks, fleas, lice and other bugs that can cause irritation and disease to grazing mammals. Furthermore, these birds also alert the large mammals of a predator presence by giving a loud warning call.

“A Pelican Befriended A Stray Dog Who Was Often Spotted Hanging Out All Alone Along The Boat Docks. The Man Who Photographed This Has Adopted Him But Brings Him Back Every Day To See His Friend, Petey The Pelican.”


“Family Isn’t Always Blood”


“Cheetah And Doggo Stayed Best Friends From The Start!”

Household pets, on the other hand, form a close bond simply because they’re living under the same roof. Friendships in domestic pets don’t necessarily start with a mutual relationship where both parties can benefit from each other.

They eventually become attached to each other simply because they belong to one family. Hence, having a harmonious relationship within the family comes first before anything else. And they were able to brush aside their differences and wild instincts to embrace each other as member of the family.


Friendship Goals


“Friendship Through The Toughest Of Times”


“Little And Large”

We’ve collected the most uplifting photos of unusual friendships. These show you that the animal kingdom provides the purest kind of companionship, to humans and to other animals as well.


Best Buddies


“These Best Friends. Even The Look In His Eyes Is Adorable”


“Comforting A Friend”


“Our Neighbor Sent Me This Adorable Display Of Pure Joy Between Our Dogs. They Finally Got Him A Stool So He Could Greet His Big Friend Properly”


“Give Us Back Our Friend!”


“Today, At Doggy Daycare, My Dog Made A New Best Friend!”


“One happy herd!”


Unexpected Animal Friendships




“The Start Of An Awwesome Friendship!”


“Goat And Sheep Friends”


“Friendship Between A Horse And Husky”


“My Friend’s Cat And Rat Are Best Buddies”


“My Girlfriend’s Horse Got A New Friend”


“A Rare Friendship Developed Between A Gray Wolf And Brown Bear”


“My Aunt’s Goat Thinks It’s A Dog. It Wont Associate With The Other Goats And Only Hangs Out With The Dogs”


“Friendship Is A Very Beautiful Thing”


“You’ve Got A Friend In Me”


Best Friends


“Now This Was An Unexpected Friendship”


“Cat And Fox Are Best Friends”


“Meet Mickey And John, They’re Best Friends”


“Dog And Raccoon Friendship”


Unusual Friendship


“I Went To The Shelter To Adopt A Dog, And I Found Those Two In This Posture. I Couldn’t Separate Them So I End Up Adopting Both Of Them”


“Making New Friends”


“Doggo & Cow Friendship”


“Dog And Newly Rescued Calf Who Are Best Friends At The Gentle Barn”


“Dog And Crow Are Best Friends”


“Welcome To This Beautiful, Unlikely Friendship.”


“These Horses Always Come For A Kiss Whenever We Walk Past”


“We Adopted A New Cat Not Knowing They’d Become Inseparable”


“He Made A New Friend At Doggy Day Care”