After many stories where an interspecies friendship took place, this year two creatures come to surprise us again. But first, let's see some of those old cases:
The Lioness who became the best protector that seven Antelopes could find.
The Leopard of Antoli, who used to visit by nights a Cow.
A young Leopard in Italy, living with a baby Gazelle.
Two little Tigers and a Deer who were only anxious to be in the same cage to play the moment they saw one another.
Aochan the Snake and Gohan the Hamster in Japan.
An Eagle who befriended a Bunny instead of eating him.
Three Cheetahs and a Gazelle sharing some minutes of companionship.
The Leopardess Legadema nursing a newborn Baboon for one night.
Tigers and Rabbits in China.
Other Tigers and Chickens (there again).
A Wolf and a Bear who grew up together.
The Tigress Sai Mai and her many Piglets.
Another Wolf and a Goat in China.
A Cougar and a Deer in perfect freedom and harmony.
Another Cheetah and an Impala in a Zoo.
Little Tigers and Orangutans (China again).
And, this very year, the following story, to keep us amazed...
What do a black leopard cub and a cute rabbit have in common?
At a wild animal park in Germany, the answer is "playtime."
Paulchen, a ten-month old black Amur leopard at Germany's Hodenhagen Serengeti wild animal park, was abandoned by his mother at birth and brought up by a human foster family.
So he wouldn't be lonely, the caregivers allowed a rabbit named Lisa to keep him company.
The two became great friends and play together all the time.
"In the morning they would be lying cuddled together on their little armchair and licking one another," said Regina Hamza, Paulchen's foster mother.
When the two are playing around, Hamaza said, Paulchen doesn't seem to recognize Lisa as a possible prey.
And watching the video, it is not always clear just who is chasing who through the enclosure.
But since the leopard might weigh 500 pound when full-grown, it's too dangerous to keep the two of them together indefinitely, so the human caregivers will separate the two friends and put them in their own enclosures at some point.
Story and video here: