Friendships between animal species is a topic near and dear to the hearts of animal-loving humans all over the world. There is just something exceptionally endearing about unlikely combinations of companionship that just nestles deep into our hearts and sprouts all the happy-feels.
Recently, we gushed over the dynamic duo of a dachshund (wiener dog) and a seal, and we certainly cannot forget the adorable friendship between this dog and duck, can we? The truth is, animal species find a way to get along far better than us humans tend to more often than we realize.
Living together in harmony for 15 years: an American black bear, an African lion, and a Bengal tiger. Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Indeed.
Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger. I mean, iconic names, really. The trio have been peacefully coexisting at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter in Georgia, USA for a whopping 15 years now.
Prior to their rescue and placement at Noah's Ark in 2001, BLT lived in the basement of a house in Atlanta in a devastating tale of severe animal abuse. The basement was in terrible condition and so were the wild animals.
They were cared for so poorly that upon rescue, Balloo had to have surgery just to remove an ingrown harness he'd worn for, well who knows how long. It had never been adjusted though, and his body grew around it. Horrifying, I know.
They would literally never meet in the wild.
BLT was such a case, so like other animals who could not be released, they became permanent residents of Noah's Ark.
According to their website:
Noah's Ark has over 1,500 animals with 100 different species and it costs $33,000 per month to feed and care for the animals.
Animals and the people that visit Noah's ark are treated with "unconditional love, unconditional service, and a future full of hope."
You can keep up with Noah's Ark or learn more by visiting their website.