We took our grandies, Lachlan and Zach to a petting zoo in Atlanta. 

              jumping 2

It was actually part of a "Pumpkin Patch" on a local farm, just happened to have lots of interesting stuff - and a petting zoo, which is what I'm aiming for.

            feeding goat  

                Very obliging goat - he was SO hungry.

   

Tad surprised in one cage to come across an Australian emu and a raddled old turkey  - and even more surprising, they were best friends. They stayed together all day, even slept together at night. How amazing, but how nice for each to have found friendship in a zoo.

emu 3  turkey 10

           emu plus turkey

Since then I've discovered such an odd friendship is NOT that unusual (thank you, Roger)

dog and crow

 

After spending a lot of time alone in the same room of the owner's house, a crow and a dog grew fond of each other. The crow is almost always on the dog's back. The dog even barks when people try to touch his friend, the crow. The owner gave in and built a custom harness for more comfortable rides.

 

 

    iguana and cat

                  Sobe the iguana, and Johann the cat were both rescued by a woman in Brooklyn, NY.  Every day when the iguana is let out of her cage, she seeks out Johann for playtime, along with a rescue rabbit.

              gorilla and cat 

Koko the gorilla is famous for having learned to communicate by sign language. For her birthday one year, she made signs to her teacher that she wanted a kitten. Koko's teacher wasn't surprised, as Koko's two favourite books were about cats. They adopted a kitten from an abandoned litter and Koko showed great care and gentleness.

  giraffe 1a  giraffe 1b

                   giraffe c

A giraffe and an ostrich have formed an odd friendship at Busch Gardens in Florida.

                    hippo and goat

Humphrey the hippo was a house pet that became too large for the household. He was moved to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa, where he was safe but very very lonely. A Cameroon Pygmy Mountain Goat climbed the fence into Humphrey's enclosure and befriended him. 

                  cat and bear

A stray cat wandered into this Asiatic bear's enclosure at the Berlin Zoo. It has been coming back frequently for 10 years to visit his friend.

   cat and dog 1

   After a family took in this stray cat, she grew fond of their elderly dog. Realizing the dog was blind, the cat took on the responsibility of leading the dog to his water, food, shade, and toys. She follows closely under his chin to guide him.

  fawn and 2

After a devastating forest fire, fire rescuers ran out of crates for the animals saved from the blaze. This fawn and baby bobcat were placed together in the office. Hours later, the firemen noticed they'd taked a liking to one another, and cuddled for the duration they were kept together.

   llama and dog 1   owls and dog 1

Can't tell you about the dog and the llama - except I know they are best friends. The owls (second pic) that hatched at a hawk conservatory were adopted by the park keeper, and became friends with his pet dog.

              polar bear and dogs 

A photographer witnessed a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilderness of Canada's Hudson Bay. Instead of devouring the dogs, they played and cuddled. The polar bear returned every night for the week they were there.

             dog and duck

A duck and a house cat were raised together by a family. Reportedly, the duck hates water and hasn't figured out yet that it can fly.

             dog and tiger

The Fernandez family adopted a tiger cub after it had lost its family. It has been raised with the family dog since infancy, and they are inseparable.

            fox 1 mix

            fox 2 mix

This unusual pair have been seen together for over a year in Lake Van in Turkey. They were first spotted by a local fisherman who witnessed them sharing a fish and playing together.

 

I actually have more - but I do think this post is plenty long enough. Love this topic - hope you do as well. 

However, it does make me wonder why it is SO difficult for humans and nations to get on together.

         Motto for today - Happiness isn't where you find it.

                                   Happiness is where you create it.

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