I’m a softy for animals. Kittens, cats, puppies, dogs, and then any other baby animal. They’re all so innocent and trusting – usually lots of fun, and a huge source of enjoyment and happy.
Today, I was intrigued by a program on NatGeoWild. Showcased were different, unlikely animal friends, and I was transfixed.
An elephant calf and a sheep were so cuddly and playful together; you would think that, with the elephant’s size and bulk, there would be some mishaps. But, there weren’t any. The touching and playing was with great gentleness. And it was so evident that they greatly enjoyed each other. The sheep was offered as a friend to the calf to help him recover his health, and the medical team was overjoyed when the elephant bonded with the sheep.
Then, there was the polar bear and the dog. This was in the northern reaches of western Canada – in the wild! The polar bear had come down from the colder clime to spend the winter where it was warmer. He was waiting for the ice to form on the water, where he would be able to hunt for seals. So, in the meantime, he had a great playmate! It was shocking to watch how they hugged and pawed each other in playfulness. One of those big, full-of-claws paws could have proven to be a deadly weapon. Of course, it didn’t happen.
There were other anecdotes that I enjoyed watching. After the program ended, I thought, “….and wouldn’t it be (wishful thinking) great if people would get along like these unlikely animal friends got along?”