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Why Can’t We Be Friends? Top 10 Interspecies BFF Videos

• Jess McNally via
What is it about interspecies friendship that makes it universally cute, hilarious and heartwarming?

I don’t know the answer, but if you tell me there is something better on the internet, I won’t believe you. These videos of friendship between a tortoise and a hippo, a gorilla and a kitten, and an elephant and a dog are all the evidence I need.

There are some interesting similarities among many of the videos. Many involve domesticated animals, not only dogs and cats, but apes, elephants and pigs. Many also result from freak accidents, like a tsunami that washed the baby hippo to shore, where it was raised by the tortoise. Or the baby squirrel that fell out of the tree, was rescued, and raised by a mother cat.

Many of these animals seem confused about their identity. My guess is the hippo thinks he’s a tortoise, the baby squirrel thinks he’s a kitten (it even learns to purr).

In the case of Koko the gorilla and her baby kitten, All Ball, it seems more likely that Koko is displaying the ability to care for and become friends with a pet just like we do. It’s unclear if All Ball thinks he’s a gorilla.

These apparent friendships raise all sorts of questions about how animals identify themselves and the apparent universality of certain emotions among humans, mammals and tortoises.

If you know of other examples that should be included, please let us know. We can’t get enough.

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