@@ Crowds are amazed to see a bear and a domestic cat in the same enclosure

 Friendship between a bear and a cat

The cat and mouse weren’t the only pair of animals to have a special bond with each other. Indeed, it is very rare to see animals of different breeds befriending each other.

While many people thought that the relationship between the cat and the mouse was unique to the Berlin Zoo, another relationship was discovered in California and more specifically in the “Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary”. This time it is a cat and a bear. Perhaps the relationship between these two animals would help researchers better understand this type of bond. Do you want to know more? Read on to find out more details about these weird relationships.

A black cat

Researchers at the National Institute of Health have found that black cats are more powerful than other breeds. In fact, the genetic mutations that lead to the color black may offer some protection against disease.

A black cat was spotted at the Folsom City Zoo breaking into the bear enclosure. As in Berlin, at first, people were afraid that something terrible would happen to the little cat who was all alone in front of the bear. However, the two animals seemed to get along well and enjoyed sharing this space. As astounding as it sounds, the cat was not afraid to settle into the bear enclosure, so much so that zoo keepers nicknamed him “Little Bear”.

A sneaky kitten

“Little Bear” was a pretty sneaky cat. Zookeepers discovered that the cat slipped into the bear’s enclosure each morning to steal some of its food.

Instead of acting like the dangerous predators, the bear allowed the cat to eat part of its daily food with it. The guards then began to observe this strange scene which repeated itself every day. The cat befriended the bear who continued to give him some of his food. The bear, which is normally a dangerous predator, did not even follow its instinct to hunt or attack it. It was the start of a great story of friendship.

Zookeepers are amazed

Many zoo workers and keepers were shocked at the unusual relationship between the two animals. For the most part, it didn’t make sense.

Jill Faust, a zookeeper in Folsom City, claimed it was the first time in her career that she had seen such a thing. The two animals were a very strange couple and the zoo wanted to maintain the relationship. It is quite rare for such a friendship to develop, so it was important for the Guardians that it continued. And this cat has become the main attraction of the zoo; everyone wanted to come to see “Little Bear” and “Big Bear”.

The best friends

“Little bear” has chosen to become the friend of the bear among a hundred animals at the zoo. He was interested in one of the fiercest animals! It’s surprising!

The cat has become the friend of the “Sequoia” bear. Although Sequoia was not aggressive, the keepers wanted to keep an eye on “little bear” to make sure he was not in danger. American black bears are very large and have paws with five claws that they use to tear, dig, and climb. Like all bears, their tails are very short. Sequoia weighed 227 kilos, as you can see in the picture it is an impressive bear.

It was a good thing for the zoo

The black bear is characterized by a large head and a long muzzle, it has small eyes and round, erect ears. They live solitary like most other bear breeds.

Unfortunately, most zoos and other nature reserves are on a tight budget and need financial support to be able to maintain the grounds and take care of the animals. Fortunately for the Folsom City Zoo, Sequoia’s relationship with “Little Bear” has helped increase the number of visitors. People came from all over to see a small domestic cat hanging out with a 227-kilogram black bear! For many, it was an incredible scene.

Little bear behaved like a big bear

Black bears live in specific places, they need a lot of food and vegetation. They mainly live in forests, but can also inhabit open areas such as grasslands and tundra.

Although “Little Bear” was very small compared to Sequoia and the other bears in the compound, yet neither of the bears seemed to intimidate this brave cat! The cat seemed very comfortable around his new friends. For most of the day, “Little Bear” enjoyed lounging under the shade of the trees in the compound while Sequoia and the other bears did their jobs. Some people even think that “Little Bear” believed he really was a bear.

He likes to attract attention

When cats are adopted from a home, they can sometimes escape human control to form small groups on the street. But it’s completely different in this case, the cat has formed a group with bears!

During his stay at the zoo and in particular in the enclosure of the bear, “Little bear” loved the attention received from visitors. Although the cat was next to dangerous animals that could kill him at any time, he looked completely relaxed. “Little Bear” and Sequoia had become inseparable. But why did he act like this? Only for food or because he liked to attract the attention of the visitors?

Friends forever

As the story of “Little Bear” and Sequoia has shown us, friendship in the animal world does exist and sometimes turns out to be very solid and unique.

While each relationship is unique in its own way, the two friends have proven that we don’t know enough about animal behavior! Who could believe such a relationship between two animals of different breeds? Those who haven’t seen the photos will think that such a story can only exist in Disney movies! If this story touched you, read on to discover the incredible story of the baby monkey who struck up a friendship with an animal you know very well!

A sign without family

Life was tough for this little monkey found on the side of the road in Zimbabwe. Found clinging to his deceased mother. So we took him to an animal shelter.

This refuge did not have any monkeys of his breed, its name is Horace. He lives at the “Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary” in Zimbabwe, Africa. “Her mother was hit by a car on a busy road. He was found near her body by the side of the road. He was very lucky to have been picked up by the right person who brought him very quickly to this shrine,” Twala founder Sarah Carter told Dodo in 2016

The little monkey was very shy

Vervet monkeys have a head length of 40 to 60 centimeters, they have a tail with a length of 70 centimeters and their weight varies between 4 to 6 kilograms, males tend to grow larger and heavier than females.

Horace was a helpless little monkey when he was brought to the “Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary”. The little primate was scared of his new surroundings, but luckily for him, he was in good hands! Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary provides a safe haven for wildlife in need. It is home to a variety of species, including cats, dogs, lions, and antelopes. You probably tell yourself that the baby monkey will have difficulty integrating with other species but if you continue reading you would be very surprised.

Some creatures helped Horace adapt

Vervet monkeys are native to eastern and southern Africa. This species is present in several African countries including Mozambique, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Botswana, Ethiopia, Swaziland and South Africa.

They can live in several types of habitats but prefer open forests and savannas. Horace was going to share a space with several animal races. Fortunately, they received him very well! “We had a lot of abandoned animals and we were short of manpower, but we had no problems since Horace was able to integrate with the others without any intervention on our part,” says Carter.

Horace managed to fit in on his own

Kittens weren’t the only animal species that wanted to befriend Horace. The monkey made a lot of new friends too! We are happy that little Horace is doing well in his new home!

When Horace entered the Twala shelter, he was first attracted to little kittens. He spent the whole day next to them and since then a beautiful story of friendship has been born between the two animals. Maybe they were less intimidating because they were the same height as him; and who can be afraid of a little kitten? Then Horace approached the elderly members of the shelter who learned to accept him as one of their own and treated him very well.

Horace developed a special connection with cats

Horace and the kittens have become the best friends in the world. The monkey was very comfortable with his new friends. As soon as Horace arrived, he felt a special bond with them.

Aside from his human caregivers, these cats felt responsible for this orphan monkey. They also felt obligated to take care of him. A lot of people think of cats as difficult and complicated animals, but here you can clearly see how open and loving they can be – especially towards other animals! If you own a cat, I’m sure you know how loving and kind this animal can be!

Soon the other animals will befriend Horace

Over time, Horace befriended more animals in Twala. One of her closest friends is Keiko: a rescue dog who also lived in the shelter.


Twala is home to a variety of wild and domestic animals that have been abandoned or abused. Sarah Carter and her team are constantly working to provide these animals, who needed help and assistance, with a safe and caring environment. Read on to see how Horace spends his days with his friends.

Horace developed a reputation for certain things

Horace has acquired a reputation for taking a lot of naps. He tends to fall asleep everywhere, especially when cuddling with his cat friends. It must be the purring of cats that makes him sleepy.

“Horace is a master sleeper. He fights this because he’s afraid he’ll miss something and he likes to nap and sleep wherever he wants,” Carter told the Daily Mail in 2015. Every child, whether human or animal, needs an afternoon nap to have the energy to grow and thrive. Horace holds the record for the heaviest daily sleeper of all the animals in the shelter. Well, imagine that no one succeeded in dethroning him in the battle of naps!

Horace became the star of the refuge

Horace even befriended the Twala antelope. It might sound a little boring, but animals know that is Horace’s personality trait. There has never been a real argument between these animals.

“Horace is very confident and enjoys growing up in a diverse environment,” says Carter. “He has a lot of human and animal friends and he is rarely alone. He is playful, extremely intelligent and endlessly entertaining.” Usually, southern vervet monkeys adapt better with humans than with most primate species. Some of them even invade cities and are therefore considered a nuisance. But overall, the species is not considered threatened.

Horace always knows what he wants

“His biggest vice is being overwhelmingly drawn to the food he isn’t allowed to eat, places he shouldn’t be, things he shouldn’t touch,” Carter told The Daily Mail.

Horace is an animal who loves to eat as shown in this photo. Animals often eat healthy food such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Horace also spends a lot of time with other species and even begins to behave like them! It’s a little weird how a monkey imitates another animal species, but it’s very funny and we are happy that Horace is doing well at the refuge!

Horace, the mischievous monkey

Here is Horace with his friend, Freddie – the cat. Horace appears to be sleeping on Freddie, but Carter warns that it could be a trick to steal food. He’s a mischievous monkey!

She told the Daily Mail: “Horace always makes me laugh, he’s a great thief – he pretends to be wise and sneaks up to you to steal a pen, a piece of paper or some food, can also hug a person or an animal to distract them and steal something from them. Horace uses his wits to distract anyone and get what he wants.”

Horace finds fascination in everything

“He’s very curious, often he comes to look at me in fascination before stealing my pen or hopping on my keyboard,” Carter said.

The other animals in the sanctuary don’t seem to care. In fact, they’re happy to let Horace’s curiosity flourish. In Twala, animals coexist without their animal instincts taking over. This is probably due to the stimulating environment they grew up in. It is hoped that all animals have the luck of Horace who was able to grow and adapt with several other animal species. Thanks to the strange story of Horace we were able to see that even animals can live together in peace.

Horace likes to walk with cats at night

Horace also inherited many characteristics from his friends. Although he is a little monkey, he sometimes likes to behave like a cat. Unusual but very funny to see.

“He runs in the dark with the cats in the middle of the night. All the other monkeys fall asleep when it’s dark because that’s in their nature. Meanwhile, Horace walks in the garden with his friends. This creature is a phenomenon,” Carter told DodoVery active, little Horace never gets tired of running and jumping. What is his secret and how does he manage to have a lot of friends?

Horace, the little prince

As a sleeper monkey, Horace is sometimes too lazy to walk on his hind legs. But he found the solution! His friend Keiko carries him on his back wherever he wants. It’s a service that everyone would love to have, even humans.

It is true that Horace has grown a lot since arriving, however, he still likes to behave like the baby of the group. His dog and cat friends, as deranged as they can appear in the photos, treat Horace like their own little brother. They are his little family and are still together. Circumstances created bonds between Horace and the other animals who became very affectionate and kind to him. It’s nice to see how animals can live together.

Horace likes to think when he’s not walking around

Horace also developed his own personality. Growing up in a sanctuary is different from growing up in nature, but it made Horace one of a kind.

“He’s a thinker – always sitting in the middle of nature, twirling a leaf or a flower or a twig in his hands, he’s often lost in thought,” Carter told the Daily Mail. One can only wonder what can Horace dreams of! Southern green monkeys live in groups and females are still the majority. But the history of Horace has shown us that they can also coexist with other species.

Support system

Horace and the other animals are lucky to have been found and brought to Twala. They were able to grow up in a refuge with several species.

Some might say that is against Horace’s nature, but Carter disagrees. “Here he has friends and he is safe. He has the support of everyone in the sanctuary – humans and animals,” Carter told The Dodo. After Horace was found in a tragic accident, he was brought quickly to this shelter. Everything could have been very different, but he was very lucky and found a family in which he had integrated very well.

Bringing together animals with other species can heal

As you can see, Freddie is one of Horace’s best friends. Although the animals are of different species, the Sarah Carter Sanctuary only proves that all creatures can coexist together.

“We get a lot of abandoned animals, so you can’t always put them with the same animal. But for them, it’s really healing and heartwarming to be around another species, whether they’re different or not, ”Carter said. Humans should learn from the behavior of these animals, if we were all a little more like this group of animals, the world would be a better place.

When another baby Vervet came, Horace took responsibility

Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary tries to assemble animals of the same type when they can. So when another Vervet Orphan came to the shrine, they knew exactly who to put him with!

Now that Horace is older, he takes care of the new arrivals when they are brought into the refuge. This little monkey is called Hamish, who, like Horace, is an orphan. Horace felt a special bond with this little monkey who reminded him of his childhood when he arrived. Such behavior is rarely observed in this breed. Hamish is very lucky to find Horace next to him to help him adjust with the other animals.

Horace showed Hamish the comfort of hugs

Hamish was still glued to Horace. Of course, Horace was happy to offer comfort but that didn’t mean that Horace didn’t need a hug anymore!

Carter told The Dodo that Horace showed them just how well all animal species can get along. “We learned that from Horace,” she said. “They form an incredible bond. It gives everyone a lot of comfort.” It’s scary and at the same time amazing how animals can show so much compassion. The story of Horace is the best example to illustrate this.

Horace’s playfulness will make him suffer

Horace may have grown up now, but that doesn’t mean he still has no issues. In 2016, Twala shared the disturbing news that Horace suffered a severe electric shock while touching a power line.

“He was found unconscious and badly burned. It is an absolute miracle that he survived such a massive shock … Horace always lived freely as he should, but we cannot protect him from the many dangers to which animals are exposed”, said they wrote on Facebook. Poor little monkey this is the second accident he has suffered in his life. Read on to find out how Horace got back to life after his accident.

Horace can go back to nature, but why would he?

Although he survived the shock, vets had to amputate one of his arms. But that didn’t stop Horace. After the recovery, he was back to his high life in the sanctuary.

“Horace can go wherever he wants. Nothing prevents him from leaving but he decided to stay… He really has the best life at the shelter,” Carter told Dodo. Horace is perfectly healthy and grown up and no one Keeps him from leaving. There really is no reason to go! “We are happy that the animals also show their gratitude and stay with us.” We were able to discover two wonderful stories of friendship between animals of different species and there are several other stories that we will discover soon.

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