MNN Galleries

17 unlikely animal friendships

By: Laura Moss on July 1, 2011, 9:37 a.m.
Abby the dachshund sniffs her pal, Bonedigger the lion.

Photo: Love Nature/YouTube

2 of 19

Lion's best friend

When Bonedigger the lion was just 4 weeks old, the owner of the Greater Wynnewood Animal Park in Oklahoma introduced the cub to four dachshund puppies. The lion was mildly disabled due to a metabolic bone disease, and that might be the reason he looked at the pups as pals instead of dinner. Now all 7 years old, the dogs sleep and eat with their feline pal, even mimicking his ferocious roar. They occasionally like to play dentist, cleaning Bonedigger's teeth to look for scraps. He returns the favor, with a swipe of his massive tongue.