When it comes to making friends, sometimes there can be an immediate connection. It can defy all logic if the people are completely different from each other. When you see them together it may seem like an odd match, but yet they become the best of friends.
Sometimes the friendship may even make you feel like you’ve known that person your entire life. Like you can’t imagine your life before you met them.
For animals the same thing can be said. The friendship that dogs and other animals can have with each other can even last a lifetime. There are animals friendships we expect to see and then there are the ones we’ve never seen before. Just like people, animals can have odd friendships with each other.
Having access to social media, YouTube and the internet has really given us the amazing chance to see some of these cute animal friendships up close. With the click of our finger tips we can see pics, videos and even read the full story of these strange looking friends.
It’s actually good for you
A study published in PLOS One says that looking at cute animal pairings actually makes us feel better. The Power of Kawaii, Kawaii meaning “cute”, says that the feeling we get when we are seeing these images or videos, makes us feel positive emotions.
When we feel these positive emotions, it actually allows us to focus much more narrowly on what we are doing. Viewing these images can make us concentrate better and pay more attention to what we are trying to do.
Another study led by Hiroshi Nittono who did 3 experiments with 132 university students found that cute images actually make us more productive. How it works is, when we are tackling a more detailed oriented task, we can zero in on what we are doing more easily.
One of the 3 studies that was conducted took 48 students and had them play a game very similar to the game of Operation. You remember the game where you use a set of tweezers to take out tiny plastic organs without touching the sides.
After playing one round, they had half of the students actually look at cute baby animals while the rest of the students looked at adult animal pics. The students that look at the cuter baby animals pics actually improved their performance in the second round. They continued the game but at a slower more deliberate pace. For the second group, their performance was exactly the same.
When we see images or videos that make bring us joy, our face lights up and we tend to have a permanent smile.
If you have every had a true friend, you know how important that person can be in your life.
We know that finding a true friend is not easy and can take some time. When you do find them they make you smile when you see them. The things that you do together make you laugh and feel joy.
Animals show us that when it comes to who that best friend is there are no rules in that friendship. They don’t discriminate against one species or another. A true friend is loyal, loving and adds something special to your life.
When you are low, they pick you up. Your friend is a shoulder to lean on and without saying one word to each other you know the friendship is a promise for a lifetime.
Watching animals and their friends together is absolutely magical. They somehow find each other and build a bond that can last their entire life.
There are some amazing true stories of animal friendships that when you see them, you think WHAT? How in the world are those 2 friends.
I want to share a few of my favorites that I really love and of course laughed at.
First up is a baby Hippo that somehow managed to survive a Tsunami in Kenya and was found stranded on the reef. When the baby Hippo was rescued, they decided to call him Owen. Owen was taken to a rescue park named Haller Park. The second Owen was released in the park scared and confused, he immediately ran to cower behind a 130-year-old Tortoise named Mzee.
Mzee quickly came to terms with his new-found friend and the two continue to spend their time together in the ponds of the park. There unusual friendship has even garnered them media and newspaper attention. Everyone is fascinated by this unique bond.
Another super unusual friendship that blew my mind was the real life friendship of Osiris and Riff Rat. Osiris is a 3-year-old Dutch shepherd therapy dog. Riff Rat is just like his name says, he is a 3-month-old Rat. Osiris will actually let Riff Rat crawl into his mouth and clean his teeth. Seeing them together is just the coolest thing. You would think that Osiris would actually eat Riff Rat, but he doesn’t.
Osiris has helped foster and care for hundreds of different animals. He is just the most gentle and sweet dog. This story just proves that any animal friendship is possible and size doesn’t really matter.
One of my last real unique friendships that I want to share is a story of gigantic proportion. This story takes place in the Myrtle Beach Safari park in South Carolina. This adorable friendship is between Bella the black Labrador and Bubbles the African Elephant. Yup that’s right!
Bubbles was rescued from Africa when both of her parents were found killed by poachers for their ivory. When Bubbles was first rescued, she only weighed 342 pounds and was 42 inches tall. She now weights 4 tons and is 9 feet tall.
The contractor that was hired at the park to build the pool for Bubbles left his dog Bella behind. Somehow these 2 found each other and today are the best of friends.
They can be seen playing in the pool frequently together. There has even been pics of them playing fetch together. Bella will get on Bubbles’s back, and Bubbles will throw the ball with her trunk while Bella jumps off to retrieve it. This really is the cutest thing to see.
Pictures that capture unique friendships
Animals are much like us in the fact that they can develop unbreakable bonds with cross species animals. This is much like we have with our cats and dogs. We are not the same species, but yet we create such wonderful relationships that enable us to call them our best friends.
Watching animals of different species become friends we get to see they form the most unbelievable partnerships. Whether it is a dog with a horse or a pig and some chicks. These unique friendships fascinate us and just make us feel happy.
Here are some unique friendship that fall into this category.
How about a dog and a cow. These two are good friends that certainly don’t seem like they would be.
This horse and dog really do love each other. You can tell by the way the horse nestles up against the dog.
For me personally, one of the main reasons that I am even on FB is to see all the cute animals friendships that have been captured through pictures and videos. Maybe I am having a down day, or just need a pick me up in the middle of my day. Whatever the reason is, watching them makes me happy.
The second I find a video I love, I am also that much more likely to share that joy with a co-worker, friend or family member. We may even crack up simply just because of the cuteness overload. Laughing out loud actually improves my outlook for the rest of the day. Somehow having a few more hours left of work doesn’t seem so bad.
Our lives today are so fast paced and at times crazy, we sometimes forget to be social with the people around us. Sharing and laughing with someone else allows us to really connect with someone else.
My goal for writing this post, was really just to share some absolutely adorable pics and bring joy to someone that may just need a little pick me up today.
Good friendships are hard to find!