A lion and a miniature sausage dog have formed an unlikely friendship after the little dog took the king of the jungle under his wing as a cub.
Bonedigger, a five-year old male lion, and Milo, a seven-year old Dachshund, are so close that Milo helps the lion clean his teeth after dinner.
The 500lbs lion dwarfs little Milo, yet after the dog took the disabled lion into his protection as a cub, Bonedigger has rarely left his side.
The two have been inseparable over the past five years at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Bonedigger was born with a metabolic bone disease that left him mildly crippled.
He said: ‘This friendship between an 11 pound wiener dog and a 500 pound lion is the only of it’s kind in the world ever seen.’
Mr Reinke, who lost both his legs after a bungee jumping accident, added that the friendship between Bonedigger and his pack is unique.
‘He wouldn’t be so friendly with other dogs - it’s all down to them being pals since he was a cub. ‘
Milo often gives his best lion impression, copying Bonedigger’s ‘puffing’ - a deafening lion growl that can be heard over a mile away.
Wild lions use it to communicate with other prides in their natural environment.
‘Milo does his best to copy Bonedigger when the lion tries puffing to communicate with other lions in the park ,’ added John.
G.W. Exotic Animal Park has recently been affected by the deadly tornado that swept through Oklahoma on May 20th.
The park was damaged and flooded, but is still managing to provide shelter for domestic and wild creatures that are homeless because of the storm.
Themba, the baby elephant, lost his mother after she fell down a cliff. The team at the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre rescued him and for two years they dedicated their lives to getting this very special orphan back to the wild.
Themba soon befriended a very patient sheep named Albert, and together they formed a bond as strong as any human friendship. Albert never left Themba’s side and would follow Themba and his carers on long walks; share in Themba’s favourite snack of acacia pods; and when Themba took a dust bath, so did Albert. If any of the other animals at the Rehabilitation Centre tried to join in their fun and games, super protective Albert would make it quite clear that they were most unwelcome. The unlikely pair also made friends with a baby giraffe, and enemies with a baby hippo.
FYI, “themba” means “hope” in Swazi! These guys are PRECIOUS.
ADORABLE. this just helps to prove that even “dangerous” dog breeds can be sweet loving gently pets, so long as that’s how they’re raised. There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.
^^Exactly my thoughts. Pitties are one of my favorite dog breeds, just because they’re so lovable.
I bet you that pinscher wouldn’t ever hurt the kitten and probably fuck a dog up if anything happened to his itty bitty friend.
Abandoning the (really good) discussion about “dangerous” breeds and reminiscing about my old dog and our cat when he was a kitten.
Shadow was the sweetest mommy dog to our cat Wally when we took him in as a kitten, and god, when she passed on, Wally was a mess.
So this just kind of touches my heart and goes to show that animals can have some really, really touching relationships, no matter what anybody says.
A farm dog and baby piglet cuddle together after the baby runt was dismissed by its own mother.
An eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Katjinga took on motherly duties for Paulinchen, a tiny pot-bellied pig.
Paulinchen was discovered moments from death and placed in the care of the…
Bakka the cheetah and her best buddy, Miley the dog.
The zoo keeps cheetahs paired with dogs because it helps keep these highly-strung cats calm and happy, basically supplying a therapy dog/BFF for each. Sidenote: all the dogs and cheetahs are super goddamn cute and friendly. I wanted to take the puppy dogs home with me.
“DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER…”