Geraldine, a rescued goose has become best friends with Rex, a German Shepherd Dog with a troubled past. Geraldine, was introduced to Rex shortly after she arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue. It was a huge surprise to the refuge’s manager when the pair developed an unlikely friendship.
“At first we thought he [Rex] was chasing her [Geraldine] and they were fighting about who was boss, but she stood up for herself and that was that, they just fell for each other,” Sheila Brislin, who runs the shelter in Somerset, England, said of the dog and goose’s first encounter.
The 11-year-old Rex arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue eight years ago after he was rescued from a junkyard where he was tethered on a chain. He had bitten the workers at his previous shelter and required two people to feed him safely. At the time, he was considered too dangerous and was scheduled to be put down, but instead he was saved and sent to Puriton.
Soon after Geraldine arrived, Rex calmed down dramatically reports the Mirror UK. Now the friends spend all day with one another. Rex often affectionately gives Geraldine licks and kisses, and Geraldine snuggles next to him.
Sheila says that she’s been rescuing animals for 16 years and has never seen anything like their unusual friendship. “They snuggle down together and Rex puts his leg over her to protect her. In the morning they have breakfast together. It’s really sweet to see them.”
This is a reminder that we all have a part to play in each other’s healing. It takes loving patience that is willing to stand strong against rejection. Proverbs 17:17 states, “ A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A true friend doesn’t walk away from those in need.
Rescued eight years ago during a police drug raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months old. They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons. Delivered to the Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust Grove, Georgia, the decision was made to keep the youngsters together, because of their budding rapport.
‘We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,’ said Diane Smith, assistant director of Noah’s Ark. To our knowledge, this is the only place where you’ll find this combination of animals together.’ Living with the zoo’s founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built habitat where the US public can now witness first hand their touching relationships. ‘We didn’t have the money to move them at first,’ said Diane. ‘Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away from the children’s zoo to areas where the public can really get a good look.
It is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1000 lb bear, Shere Khan, a 350 lb tiger and Leo, who is also 350 lbs, messing around like brothers. ‘They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other circumstance they would not be friends.’
Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo’s owners and founders, the three friendly giants appear to have no comprehension of their animal differences.’Baloo and Shere Khan are very close,’ says Diane.’That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day sleeping. It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat.
When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food.’ Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other. ‘They eat, sleep and play together,’ said Jama. ‘As they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of each other for heat and simply for affection. At the moment they are getting used to their new habitat. Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo, the bear, is very good at leading him on and making him feel comfortable and safe.’ Explaining that the three ‘brothers’ have always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: ‘Noah’s Ark is their home and they could not possibly be separated from each other.
‘You just have to remember who you’re dealing with when you are with them, though. It’s when you forget that these fellows are wild animals that you get yourself in trouble.’ The trio’s new habitat had to be constructed carefully, in order to accommodate its occupants. Jama said: ‘The clubhouse had to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it together,’She added: ‘We had to include a creek, because the tiger and the bear both like to be in water.’
These pictures were taken in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They are just too awesome not to share. This deer visits the cat in yard every morning. The owner finally took pics!
Since these two lost souls met they have been inseparable ever since!
They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.
They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Suryia (the Orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend Roscoe’s (the Hound Dog) help to swim. Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship. They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.
Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!
Some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don’t touch the hearts of others while it lasts!
May you always have Love to Share, Health to Spare, And Friends who Care… even if they are a little hairy at times.
Although this is not a recent story, it is a story that has weighed heavily on my mind for many months. It took me some time to recognize a few of the many messages easily overlooked. If one only recognized the story as just another happy ending news release much would be missed.
The story goes like this; in late 2006, a mother tiger gave birth to rare triplet cubs. Evidently there were challenges with the pregnancy resulting in a premature delivery, low birth weights, and ultimately the very sad demise of all three cubs. The mother tiger, although physically fine, immediately began to fall into a state of depression and declining health. A call for help was sent out to many zoos in search of orphan tiger cubs that could be brought in as surrogate babies. Unfortunately, no orphan tiger cubs could be found.
Knowing that some mother animals will take on the orphan of another species, the veterinarians decided to take a risk and bring in the only babies immediately available, piglets! In spite of their natural predator to prey relationship the piglets, adorned in tiger striped pajamas, were immediately welcomed by the mother tiger. As you can see from the photos the tiger is very engaged in the maternal experience and the piglet/tiglets are obviously quite content. What human would ever have thought we would live to see a piglet napping on a mother tiger?
As I thought about this heart warming and engaging story, I became aware of three complimentary messages God laid out through these animals. The first connects us with the team providing care to this mother tiger. Against “nature’s odds of success” they stepped up to the plate and took a seemingly hopeless situation and turned it around for good.
James 1:27, Expanded Bible (EXB) says; “Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans and widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence.” The team didn’t walk away from the situation leaving the tiger grieving and certain to die of a broken heart. They focused on caring for the mother tiger and took the risk of bringing in the piglets to soothe her.
Next we see the promise of Psalm 147:3 (NASB) “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” God provided the piglets to heal the mother tiger’s heart. To encourage the acceptance between the species, God even led the team to bind the piglets in tiger striped material to enhance their surrogate presentation!
Lastly we can see a fore shadow of the confirmation of words of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 11: 6-9 (NASB) regarding the return of Jesus. Just like the tiger and the piglets living in harmony, when He comes all adversity will cease between men and beasts!
“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. 7 Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. 9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
If we take the time to look at every situation God’s hand of direction and protection can be seen. Animals know God and do not question Him. Unfortunately most humans do question Him and depend on themselves for everything. God called us all to leave our selfish nature behind, to help meet the needs of the less fortunate, to reach out with kindness and love our neighbors regardless of their race, creed or religion. We need to trust in Him, not ourselves, to pay attention to all that is going on around us and He will show us solutions.
We can all take counsel from the writing of Job in chapter 12:7-10 ( NASB) “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”
Pastor Leslie Becker
A 500-pound lion and an 11-pound dog have formed an unlikely friendship, proving that cats and dogs really can get along. Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., along with three other dogs. The puppies were introduced to Bonedigger in 2008 when he was just a 4-week-old cub.
A metabolic bone disease rendered the lion mildly disabled. Park president Joe Schreibvogel – who goes by the name “Joe Exotic” – thinks the lion’s state has something to do with the connection the animals formed. “The dogs thought it was just a big puppy and have loved each other since,” he told The Today Show. “I also think they know the lion is not as normal as the rest.” Exotic says that Milo and his littermates sensed that Bonedigger was crippled, and they sought to protect him. Today, the animals cuddle, dine on raw meat together and even mimic each other.
Milo is Bonedigger’s closest friend, and he often tries to imitate the lion’s growls. He also serves as Bonedigger’s personal dentist. After the animals eat, 5-year-old Milo licks the lion’s teeth clean, and Bonedigger returns the gesture by licking the dog with a tongue nearly the size of the dog’s head. Although seeing four small dogs run around the grounds with the king of the jungle concern some visitors, Exotic says he wouldn’t dare separate the animals. “You do not ever try to take his dogs out of the yard,” Exotic said. “[It] makes him very mad. They sleep on top of him.”
It amazes me that animals exhibit the Scriptural truth – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” Romans 12:10
Information gained from Mother Nature Network
Okay, so it is not exactly the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy of the wolf lying down with the lamb, but it is close (Isaiah 11:6). These two were found huddled together in the laundry room of a house after a fire in the surrounding mountains had separated them from their mothers. Under normal circumstances, their natures would make them enemies, but this bobcat and fawn found comfort in each other. The overwhelming sense of vulnerability and insecurity made them disregard instinct for the sake of preservation.
It is often said that adversity will either tear us apart or bring us together. This is just a brief reminder that coming together can prove beneficial if at least the fear of being alone is removed. Ecclesiastes says it best, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him” (NASB, Ecc. 4:9-12).
I am a “dog” person. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats too, but I don’t think I will be curled up on the couch with Fluffy any time soon……or will I? After watching the video below, I could see myself being a “cat” person. Our dog, Parker, needs a play friend and I could not imagine the faces of my fellow Norconians as I walk down Sixth Street with my new feline friend. Then again, it just might be a normal day in Norco to see some strange animal cruising down the street.
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