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6 animal odd couples

By: Blythe Copeland on May 22, 2013, 11:20 a.m.
A cat and a duck

Photo: AlishaV/Flickr

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Who'd have thought?

Friends and enemies in the animal world tend to be pretty clear-cut — there are some species that weren't born to get along. But as these unlikely pairs show, even Mother Nature doesn't set things in stone: Who says that cats and birds can't all be friends? From a sheep that brought a baby elephant out of a deep depression to natural enemies that snuggle down together for every nap, these heart-wrenching relationships are unforgettable. (Text: Blythe Copeland)