Bubbles and Bella are the very best of friends, and neither seems to care about their difference in size — or species.

The unlikely pair lives together at the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina and can often be seen walking, playing and splashing together on the 50-acre preserve.

Bella and BubblesBubbles, a 32-year-old African elephant, came to the animal sanctuary in 1983 after ivory poachers left her orphaned.

In 2007, a contractor was hired to build a pool at the Myrtle Beach Safari, and when he abandoned his black Labrador at the preserve, Bubbles and the dog formed a bond.

Bella doesn’t seem to mind that her best friend is a movie star — the elephant has appeared in “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls,” a Janet Jackson music video and several advertisements.

To Bella, Bubbles is simply her much-larger companion, whose 9,000-pound body often doubles as the dog’s diving board.

You can watch Bella and Bubbles splash and play in the video above.

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

Elephant and dog are best friends
Bubbles and Bella live together at the Myrtle Beach Safari where they spend their days playing and splashing in the pool.