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By Jennifer S. Holland

It's precisely like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf additionally shall reside with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the child . . . ” Written via National Geographic magazine author Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships records one heartwarming story after one other of animals who, with not anything else in universal, bond within the so much unforeseen methods. A cat and a chicken. 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 virtually 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 toddler oryx. 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 identical mothering intuition within the lionness. Or, within the tale of Kizzy, a apprehensive retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a pink tabby, how cats and canine truly comprehend each one other’s physique language. With Murphy’s friendship and help, Kizzy recovered from existence as a racing puppy and have become a convinced, dependable family members pet.

These are the main extraordinary friendships among species, accrued from all over the world and documented in a range of full-color candid photos.

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