Image: Alfred Benway
Stories of unusual inter-species friendships are certainly not rare in the animal kingdom, but what if such a relationship takes on the hierarchical pet-owner dynamic? Monkeys, especially, seem to have a real affinity for feline friends. We’ve found some amazing images of macaques, gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees that were rather fond of cats they seemed to take on as companions for their own pleasure. The cats, in turn, had nothing against the special attention.
In this photo, the chimpanzee cradles the tiger cub like a doll. The little tiger seems to enjoy it and is nuzzling the chimpanzee’s neck. Surprisingly, the adoption didn’t happen in a zoo setting, but in the wild (more on this story later in the post).