A variety of interspecies friendships that are unheard of in nature, including one adorable friendship between a four-ton African elephant and her best buddy is an ordinary Labrador retriever. Their friendship began when handlers at the zoo began training Bella the Labrador to swim in the elephant pool, and had the clever idea of teaching her how to dive into the water off of Bubbles the elephant’s back.
Like this sweet elephant with her own puppy companion, Bubbles grew very attached to Bella. Now, she hunches down in the water to make it easier for Bella to climb up, cuddles the dog when they’re out of the water, and has even been known to pet her with her trunk!
Bubbles is the only elephant living in the preserve. Since elephants are naturally herd animals, Bubbles seems to have adopted Bella as her very own “herd,” and Bella has adopted her right back! Check out the website, and watch the video below to learn more about their sweet friendship!
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