‘Cross-Species’ Animal Friendships in Africa

A couple of additions, at the bottom of the blog, thanks to National Geographic.

While ‘cross-species’ animal friendships are not usual, here are a few, mainly here in Africa, that are pretty unique:

Goats are very friendly animals, whom I have found to befriend a number of other breeds.  Here are a few:

Rhadigonde the buck and Spock the dog were great friends, and loved to play-butt

When Rhadigonde grew into a full-sized buck, he was just too much for Spock to take on. He joined our breeding herd.

Sheep will also take on babies of another breed - this is in South Africa

This foal has a Boer goat as a mother substitute - actually, as the foal grew, he had several Boer-moms. South Africa

Ana the donkey loved 'her' goats and was a great goat-guard. Her best friend was an elderly Alpine doe who - when she died - drove Ana into a long period of grief, calling for her every morning.

Ana had her own little flock of birds - called in Egypt 'Sadiq al-Falahiin' (the farmers' friends) these birds are bug-chasers around cattle, oxen, horses, etc.

This is the dog of an e-friend, who adopted an orphan kitten. This was several years ago, and I have lost her contact info!

Carrying went on quite a bit. Can't remember what happened at feeding time 🙂

I put this picture in a former blog last year; it’s worth another look. Source: Princeton Environmental Institute

Perhaps the most unusual - a hippo orphan adopted by a 100-year-old tortoise in Kenya

Nap - time

I wish that hippos were this peaceful when they grew up!

Cat and Iguana as friends. Seems highly unlikely, but.... Source: National Geographic

A leopard befriends a cow. Next lunch, or... Source> National Geographic


Book just out> Christine Dell'Amore of National Geographic News August 18, 2011This looks more like an opportunist arrangement!Who is benefitting?

About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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4 Responses to ‘Cross-Species’ Animal Friendships in Africa

  1. hussain says:

    this collection is classic, I like it, thanks for sharing.


  2. Oh my goodness, that last picture is too much! So sweet.


    • dianabuja says:

      Rachel – I’m trying to find out what has been happening to the happy pair – the hippo was orphaned during the tsumani a few years ago, being washed down a river to the Indian Ocean (in Kenya).


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