If you think you’ve seen every interspecies friendship, think again. In her new book, “One Big Happy Family,” Lisa Rogak collects the pictures and stories of 50 different interspecies friendships that are bound to brighten your outlook on the world. Here’s a sneak peek!
This Reddit thread recounts a magical encounter between a corgi and a bunny.
A doomed interspecies love affair is given new hope thanks to the intervention of caring neighbors. So poignant. (Thanks, Mary and Victoria!)
2012: The year when species, great and small, finally decided that love > hate. May they be an inspiration to us all.
…or are they? JK, they totally are.
We take a very short break from our continuing hedgehog coverage to bring you this cat and guinea pig who are best friends. They are called Skitty and Bagel, and they love each other very much. (via lovemeow.com)
Who are you to judge their love?
True love transcends species.
Just going to show that true love never discriminates.
This is obviously a video transmisson from heaven, right?
John and Julie Bolton’s black and white spotted lamb was orphaned, but luckily their dalmation was feeling generous. “It doesn’t matter how old you get — if this sort of thing doesn’t make you feel good when you see it, well, I hope never to get that old.” Indeed.
A Reddit user posted these pictures and wrote “this little squirrel keeps coming in through the doggy door to hang out with my cat.” Ahhhhh!
Zoo babies turning the cute scale up to 11. Can’t even handle this.
These critters aren’t as easily embarrassed as the Obamas — as soon as the Kiss Cam cameras rolled their way, they went to town. Beware: public displays of adorable-ness!
A zoo employee cared for this baby chimp after its mother died, but never expected that her dog would end up raising the chimp as one of her own. No word yet on whether it has been taught to bark!
This is certainly a different kind of agility competition.
When a dolphin loves a dog, he can do no wrong.
Simba the lion cub, Monty the dog and Thumper the rabbit are best playmates.
I wish that cats and dogs spoke English so I could be like, “Get a room, you perverts.” (More on these guys and their adventures in PDA here.)
The thing that is important to note about these guys is that they are each others’ best friends in the whole wide world. Which is cute. Their names are Murkin and Ginger. (Tangential PSA: Feel free to Google image “Murkin,” but don’t Google image “Merkin.”)
Another day, another heartwarming story about a dog who uses the power of love to save the life of a piglet destined for the slaughterhouse.
A glorious video matrix by Philip Bump depicting every interspecies relationship that YouTube has to offer. Click through and lose yourself in a world where the dolphin lies down with the horse. And a little goat shall lead them all.
Cows are obviously good judges of character. Rotties have a bad reputation, but it’s really uncalled for.
From the YouTube description: “Every evening a river otter comes to play with our daughter’s dog Rio. What was once an acquaintance on the other side of the fence has now become a friend who comes to play through the fence. It has been interesting to watch as their trust of each other has developed over the past several months.”
That’s one determined parrot and one bewildered kitty.
Adorable Australian shepherd puppies hone their herding skills on some stubborn ducklings. Squee factor is fairly high on this one, so be careful.
This bold baby chick is using Oscar the Cat as a hot water bottle! Part 1 of their unlikely friendship here.
There is a baby chicken in this picture. He’s a day old, and when he escaped, I feared the worst once I saw the cat was in the same room. But this ended up working itself out just fine.
Their’s is a forbidden love. For the first time ever, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales were photographed engaging in play off the coast of Hawaii.