By Jennifer S. Holland
Written by way of National Geographic magazine author Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships files one heartwarming story after one other of animals who, with not anything else in universal, bond within the such a lot unforeseen methods. A cat and a fowl. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented tales of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And nearly inexplicable tales of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips right into a village each evening to sleep with a calf. A lionness moms a child oryx.
It is precisely like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf additionally shall live with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ”
Ms. Holland narrates the main points and arc of every tale, and likewise bargains insights into why—how the younger leopard, most likely motherless, sought maternal convenience with the calf, and the way a child oryx encouraged an analogous mothering intuition within the lionness. Or, within the tale of Kizzy, a apprehensive retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a pink tabby, how cats and canines truly comprehend every one other’s physique language. With Murphy’s friendship and aid, Kizzy recovered from existence as a racing puppy and have become a convinced, dependable family members pet.
These are the main remarkable friendships among species, accrued from world wide and documented in a variety of full-color candid photographs.
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