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The 19 Stages Of Unlikely Animal Friendships

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1. Interspecies animal friendships usually start with a healthy dose of skepticism.

As they should.

2. The first contact with another animal can be a little... awkward.

3. But if both parties are truly open to friendship, things usually warm up quickly.

4. Once the ice is broken, animals begin to explore their shared interests.

5. Things like digging...

6. ...or headbutting.

7. And like all friendships, there will undoubtedly be times when new friends bug each other.

8. That's OK. It usually doesn't last long.

9. Play time inevitably leads to grooming time.

10. A lot of grooming.

11. OK, sometimes too much grooming.

12. The strongest animal friendships are formed around helping.

13. And that can involve serving dinner...

14. ...helping your friend unwind after a long day...

15. ...or giving them a lift.

16. Giving lifts is very important in any friendship.

17. True friends will take you anywhere.

18. Given enough time, mismatched animal friendships start to feel more like family...

19. ...and with luck, the friendship will last forever.

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