12 Astonishing Interspecies Relationships

Warm your heart with these remarkable and wonderful relationships between different species.

What can be better than love, especially when it is unconditional? In my last article, you’ve seen a golden retriever nurses tiger cubs because she simply loves them. Relationship like this brings warm and wonder to our world.

Here is a look at another 12 astonishing interspecies relationships.

Tortoise Dad and Baby Hippo

Dad is a giant century-old tortoise, and son is less than a year-old hippo. They found each other after the tsunami in the port city of Mombassa. The pair carried out daily routine such as eating, swimming, sleeping and bonding together.
Click on the link for more amazing images!

Leopard Nurtures Baby Baboon

You just have to watch this video! It is sad at the beginning, but what the leopard does after that will warm your heart, and question the law of nature! This is love at its best!

Dog Adopted a Squirrel


Mom is a Papillion, adopted son is a squirrel, and siblings are Papillion puppies. The squirrel-Finnegan-was found under a tree at around one week old, and Mademoiselle Giselle-the Papillion-was pregnant at the time.

Owner Debby Cantlon said the dog actually pulled Finnegan’s case next to her bed twice, and encouraged the squirrel to join her family.

View photos gallery here.

The Crow and the Kitten

The power of love took place in this video between a crow and a kitten. It was amazing to see the crow fed this kitten, and tried to safeguard over the furry cat.

Pig Raises Tiger Cubs

Three tiger cubs were abandoned by their mother, who lives in a nearby private zoo, found an adopted mother pig. This pig is raising the cubs on a farm in the Ukraine.
This video shows a pig nurses three tiger cubs, but it is in Thailand. I don’t know if it is related to the story above from BBC News, but it is interesting to watch.

Lioness and Oryx

This Kenyan lioness is known as a serial adopted mom to baby oryxes, since this is her third baby. The lioness, Larsens, not yet has her own cub, but she seems to be attracted to baby oryxes. She lost her first adopted baby to a lion, and lost her second adopted baby to the warden of the park, since the baby was not taking to her milk. The third adopted baby is still with her despite the birth mom’s effort to gain her baby back.

Polar Bears and Dogs

This is another beautiful relationship between the polar bears and the dogs. One of polar bears snuggles a dog like a baby in a very protective manner.

Cat and Bear

This story took place in Berlin Zoo, where a bear called Maeuschen and a cat called Muschi formed a friendship. The cat camped out in front of the bear’s cage for months, and zoo keepers finally put the distraught cat in the cage with a female Asiatic black bear.

The pair was a popular site a zoo where visitors watch them sunbathing, and sharing meal together.

Duck and Puppy



This is a short and cute clip of a duck following a puppy. It seems that the duck had a special bond with this puppy, and tried to nestle when the puppy took a nap.

Snake and Hamster

A snake named Oochan had befriended with a dwarf hamster named Gohan at Tokyo Kingdom Zoo Mutsugoro Okoku zoo. Oochan is a 2 year-old Japanese rat snake, who shares his heated glass cage with a 3.5-inch hamster.

Since the snake refused to eat frozen mice, the zoo keeper put the hamster in the snake’s box for its meal, but Oochan decided to be friends with Gohan (means a delicious rice meal) instead.

Fish and Dog

A 9-year-old golden retriever, Chino has a favorite fish named Falstaff, and they meet daily at Dan and Mary health’s home in Medford, Oregon. They have spent the last three years together. When Chino comes, Falstaff swims up to him happily, and nibble on his paws.

Dog Adopted Baby Chimp

The newborn pygmy chimpanzee is forming a special bond with a bulldog at the Twycross Zoo, north-east of Birmingham. This baby, Kia, is only 31 lbs, and receives plenty of kisses from Bugsy the bulldog, who assumed the guardianship role happily.

These relationships are remarkable and wonderful. Mother nature shows us that even preys and predators can get along quite harmoniously.

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36 Responses to “12 Astonishing Interspecies Relationships”
  1. valli Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 8:26 am

    It is amazing.


  2. Mc caluya Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 8:39 am

    wow!!! I’m amazed…. specially in dogs adopted a squirrel?

    very nice..


  3. swapna Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 8:47 am

    very nice…


  4. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Impressive article!Thanks, sister! Take care!


  5. Rookie Expert Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Amazing pictures. I love the little 2-3 lines information you have given about each picture. I can’t get over the crow and kitten video, neat!


  6. Tommy Fassbender Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 9:00 am

    This is amazing! That oryx just looks like dinner to that lion, but I guess love prevails in the end.


  7. Eden Emersen Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Fascinating stuff here. . . a very interesting collection; thanks!


  8. eddiego65 Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Great stuff. It’s nice to them get along.


  9. neelam pandey Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    very interesting…a lot of effort must have gone into this research!!


  10. Lost in Arizona Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Too cute.. although the snake and hamster is a bit bizarre..lol.


  11. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    These were just so cute! I almost turned off the video of the Leopard and Baby Baboon but I’m glad I decided to watch to the end. You have found the oddest combinations of parent and foster children I have ever seen in the animal world.

    Thanks for sharing, I had a good time with this one.


  12. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    This is the most heart-warming, touching and original article I’ve seen recently.

    The ones that really surprised me were the natural predators like the lioness and the snake, who befriended animals they should actually eat.

    Amazing.


  13. brokenXangel12 Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    thats fascinating
    see some of my writtings
    if you dont mind


  14. Moses Ingram Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I just loved this amazing article. I’m sure a lot of work went into this.


  15. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Isn’t that something? Love knows no boundries. The old saying must be true.


  16. goodselfme Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Not only was this heart warming, but very well written and constructed by you to make it WODERFUL!My take on this is that too bad humans cannot accept each other as animals do?


  17. Karen N Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Awesome stories!
    Thanks for sharing them.


  18. Chris Stonecipher Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I guess a mother’s touch know’s no boundaries. Wonderful stories. Thanks for sharing them with us.


  19. MMV Abad Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    This is such an interesting article. This proves that despite of differences, any creature can get along with one another. Thanks for sharing.


  20. R J Evans Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 1:22 am

    SOme heart warming stories – thanks!


  21. SunGoddess Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 5:00 am

    Amazing article! =)


  22. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 8:28 am

    BC, These are absolutely heart warming. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, pictures and video. I can see that a lot of time and effort went into this.


  23. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

    absolutely fascinating BC,thank you


  24. rascat1 Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Fascinating article – the crow and the kitten made me chuckle : )


  25. Terri Lane Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Very pleasant way to spend a little computer time. Thanks. Must have taken quite a lot of work to produce this.


  26. C A Johnson Says...

    On September 26, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Very interesting. I thought the puppies and the squirrel were so cute. Great job!


  27. BC Doan Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you everybody for all your encouraging comments!


  28. Denny Lyon Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    will wonders never cease! the snake and hamster takes the wonder cake for sure, wow! thanks for this sweetheart article as I love these kinds of writes! ~ d


  29. Denny Lyon Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    OK, I now sent this article on to everyone on my email list as I know they will so enjoy what you did here! thanks again, ~ d


  30. Alexa Gates Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    who would have guessed it! it makes you wonder how ‘mean’ animals can really be to one another! Great article!


  31. Heart Stone Says...

    On October 3, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Oh—isn’t it sweet? Lovely and fascinating.


  32. Lindalulu Says...

    On October 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Awwwww….how sweet, nice article


  33. Figgins Says...

    On October 5, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Wonderful article! Animals sure are amazing.


  34. louie jerome Says...

    On October 10, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Amazing article


  35. Jeff Says...

    On January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Wow sooooo wierd. I hate animals.


  36. bob Manson Says...

    On January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    This is weird were the Heck did you get the picture this is just weird


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