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Image: Via: Let’s be friends

OK, we’ll admit it, animal friendships are the staple of every blog site from here to www.timbuktu.com, but animals are animals, so we had to get on the bandwagon sooner or later. Still, we’ve tried to keep things interesting and not just indulgent here, with an emphasis on the coolest as well as cutest match-ups, good photography, and interesting stories or explanation behind what’s going on in the shot.


Image: Roberto Saccon

Monkey on my back

This first match made in heaven comes from photographer Roberto Saccon, who was watching out of his car window in São Luís, Brazil, when he couldn’t believe the sight that met his eyes: a monkey riding on a dog’s back. Luckily he was carrying his camera, so he jumped out of the car and followed the unusual couple. The dog’s owners lived nearby and allowed Saccon to shoot some photos, telling him that only one of their two dogs had formed the special relationship with the cute little monkey.

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Image: Roberto Saccon

This behaviour may be based on reciprocity derived from the monkey’s habit of presenting its back to other monkeys who then pick out parasites. However, since the dog is unlikely to do the same for the monkey, we can but guess what the monkey hopes to gain from the situation. Protection or a free ride could be possible answers. Or maybe it is just pure altruism. It’s a cynical world though, so we doubt it.

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