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31 Unusual And Heartwarming Friendships Between Human And Animals

31 Unusual And Heartwarming Friendships Between Human And Animals

A friendship encompasses trust, care, and harmony. Whether it be humans, animals, mammals, friendships of all kinds do exist. You have heard cows have best friends, and when they are separated from each other, develop negative feelings of loneliness and isolation. In humans, we confide feelings to one another, in hopes burdens can be relieved, as friends give us support.

In the next few lines, you will see some amazing/unusual friendships between humans and animals. They are real, beautiful, and show us no boundaries exist between friends.

1. Gleaming Giraffe And Brunette Beauty

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    The tallest living terrestrial animal seems engulfed in the woman’s presence. A genuine unbreakable bond between an enchanting lady and a majestic giraffe. Isn’t it inspirational? I would say so, yes.

    It is rare that you see a giraffe and a woman become such close friends, making the bond so unusual.

    2. Peaceful Girl And Majestic Moose

    moose 3

      The largest extant species in the deer family, the moose is seen comforting a girl. The only word that comes to mind is surely, “Aww.”

      A moose and a girl comfort each other, building a friendship on comfort, care, and understanding. So lovely to capture in a photograph, as you can see.

      3. Smitten Cheetah And Lovely Man

      cheetah kissing

        Who says cheetahs can’t be our friends? Clearly, this claim is simply a myth. Here, we have the world’s fastest land animal kissing a man.

        What sets this relationship apart is the fact we have a very dangerous animal so close in contact with a fellow man. If that is not unusual, you would be hard pressed to find what is.

        4. Sweet Toddler And Licking Cheetah Cub

        cheetah with girl

          “Licktastrophe” is the word that fits this scenario. Who knew that getting your hand licked by a cheetah could be this fun?

          How often do you see a baby cheetah licking a little toddler, so gently? It seriously is one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

          5. Adventurous Guy And Grizzly Bear

          bear and guy 2

            It appears that bears aren’t that dangerous after all. This grizzly bear actually seems calm while looking into the eyes of the old guy.

            We hear about bears attacking humans, but when do we see them loving them? Right here, friends!

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            6. Childish Bear And Smiling Guy

            bear and guy

              The bear strikes yet again. The bear seems enamored by just looking at his paw. What must be he be thinking? And looking totally calm, sitting with the smiling man.

              Almost like a boyfriend and a girlfriend underneath an apple tree, here the bear has taken the girlfriend’s place, and the guy is very much already there!

              7. Naughty Bear And Sultry Lady

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                The bear is giving this lady a big smooch on the chin, a rare sight for sure.

                We have all heard the animated version of beauty and the beast, but this is the real one! The bear is the beast, and of course, the woman being the beauty or goddess. This friendship seems to be more than a friendship, it is love.

                8. Monkey And Confused Man

                ape and guy

                  This guy looks almost confused as to why the monkey is in his arms. But, it is certainly very cute isn’t it? Any sort of a friendship – especially one between different species – is a cute one.

                  We are descendants of the monkeys and it looks like the monkey knows this, as he doesn’t seem to want to get out of the guy’s arms. Forget dogs, monkeys appear to be the real man’s best friend.

                  9. Mysterious Lady And Tiny Fox

                  baby fox

                    This is a special one. The eyes of the lady and the fox penetrate the viewer, positioned in the exact same spot in a sort of hypnotizing way.

                    She seems to be protecting the fox, holding it, cradling it in her arms. Friendship is about protection, being there for each other, through thick and thin. This is it!

                    10. Snuggly Tiger And Comforting Monk

                    another lion and guy

                      This is so sweet. The tiger is actually cuddling with the monk. They seem to be sharing each other’s company quite well. So lovely, it makes you wish that you could give the tiger a gigantic hug of your own. Alas.

                      Comforting the tiger, the monk is offering his friendship. It is a mutual respect and understanding; love, affection, and care are primary aspects that are between the two. This is what makes this friendship special and integral.

                      11. Exceptional Eagle And Perplexed Man

                      eagle and guy

                        Eagles can be friends and companions also. Just be careful of the beak. Don’t want to let that poke you!

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                        The eagle is resting his bald head against the man’s shoulder. It almost resembles a moment like when your friend is distraught, terrified, and depressed and you give them a shoulder to lean on.

                        They offer their love and support in those trying times, and prove that you are there for them. This is that kind of friendship.

                        12. Slithering Serpent And Little Girl

                        snake

                          Just look at the color of that snake. Orange and yellow, with stripes, and circles, that snake is out of the ordinary. This friendship is scary but cool at the same time, and also out the ordinary.

                          We are always scared of slithering serpents but seems like this little girl is friends with one. The snake also seems quite amazed with this little girl, being a tiny one, if I may add.

                          13. Old Woman And Ostentatious Monkey

                          monkey

                            That monkey sure has a wide smile. I think it is trying to express his emotions, thoughts, and feelings to this old woman. The face is quite surprising!

                            How often do you see monkeys become friends with old ladies? Well, seems like this monkey really likes this particular lady and vice versa. This is so distinct and spectacular.

                            It seems like their friendship began in the wilderness and has since then taking a new meaning.

                            14. Ferocious Lion And Daring Teenager

                            Lion and guy 2

                              The lion is surrendering himself to this guy. Wow, when do you see this unless you are watching “The Lion, Witch, and The Wardrobe”?

                              This is no lion from a film, however, this is a real life lion who just happens to be friends with this young teenager. And from the looks of it, their friendship could last a very long time.

                              15. Elegant Woman And Fox Curled Up Together

                              in grass

                                This picture is peaceful to look at. You may almost feel sleepy just staring at it.

                                Time has transformed their friendship into something more abundant, fulfilling, and special. Theirs is a truly loving and gentle relationship.

                                16. Caring Camel And Wonderful Woman

                                camel 2

                                  The time is long gone when humans could be friends with only humans. Camels are great friends as well and after seeing this picture, you can’t help but want a camel friend of your very own.

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                                  Lovely to behold their friendship…it is immaculate and endearing. Such an inspiration to those who believe in long lasting, true, friendships.

                                  17. Terrific Tiger And Brave Guy

                                  lion fight

                                    This tiger sure is a large one. Beautiful and majestic is the tiger, but even far more heartwarming is the friendship between him and the guy here. Wow, they are going to be dirty after this play session in the muddy water.

                                    The guy here is actually a conservationist and has been protecting the tiger since she was three years old. She is learning to now hunt which just goes to show  that taking care of another goes a long way.

                                    18. The Girl And The Birds

                                    cats and birds

                                      Yes, there is a kitten in this picture which doesn’t make it very unusual. The birds in this picture, however, so comfortable with the girl, are the aspect that is the unusual.

                                      19. Crafty Crow And Brilliant Boy

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                                        Your best friend can definitely be a crow. Keeping it close to your skin in order to keep warm in the cold winter, playing with him when bored, going outside in the wide and open air, or simply playing a guitar while it rests on your leg. A bird is the perfect friend.

                                        It looks like this present, a best friend as a bird, turned out to be the perfect gift for this little fellow. He has a companion to play with, share feelings, and just do everything with. And it is so nice to see such a diverse friendship.

                                        20. Lovable Lion And Cute Man

                                        lion a

                                          Here comes a lion again, just a different perspective. Wow, this friendship is admirable…simply adorable.

                                          Lions seem to get along well with humans apparently, making the list of most unusual friendships with humans.

                                          21. White Bear And Mr. Old Guy

                                          bear

                                            Sleeping with a big, furry, old friend is the best thing, which is clear as day as shown here. I wish I could also take a nap alongside a white bear that is as soft as plush.

                                            Just like lions, bears are another favorite. This is adorable, but admittedly weird.

                                            22. Sea Lion And Murky Man

                                            seal

                                              Just a moment. Is this a sea lion? Well, yes. They sure know how to have fun, whether it be outside or simply spending time in the house.

                                              After going to Sea World, it seems like this man has made a friend with the Sea Lion. And such a cute one at that.

                                              23. Sea Creature And Astonished Man

                                              octopus

                                                Looks like this sea creature is close friends with this guy, giving him something of a with a new funky hairdo. I do not know much, but this sure is an unusual and heartwarming friendship.

                                                Sea creatures are not scary after all. They too can be good friends, just like us humans. So, don’t judge…they are just like us, in some ways.

                                                24. Man And Cuddling Lion

                                                lion

                                                  Like a baby gets picked up by their father or mother, this tiger is being cuddled by his human friend. Such an amazing sight, you wish you could be there to witness it yourself.

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                                                  25. A Boy And His Bird

                                                  penguin 1

                                                    Little hands of the boy, and little feet of the bird. All snuggled in a nice blanket made of plush, these two friends are spending time in an unusual, but completely heartwarming way.

                                                    26. Mammot And Boy

                                                    mamm

                                                      This mammot and boy are both so adorable I can cry out! Just look at the eyes! Having traveled across with his family, this boy came across the mammot and has since been friends with it. Wow, such an amazing story!

                                                      27. The Cow And The Girl

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                                                        Cows and girls can also have friendships, especially when a girl cares this much for an animal. I can’t believe how sweet this is! To be friends with someone, there really are no boundaries, rules, or regulations.

                                                        All there needs to be is love, respect, care, and mutual understanding between one another. And that goes for every kind of relationship –  whether it be husband and wife, sister and brother or between two friends.

                                                        28. Hungry Hippo And Hospitable Human

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                                                          The hippo looks mighty fine with this man. He seems completely amazed with his new friend, and it looks like they are having a splendid time. I guess they are tailor-made for each other.

                                                          Although hippos don’t come to mind when you think of human-animal friendships, seeing this makes you want to be friends with this hippo too.

                                                          29. The Whale And The Little Girl

                                                          beluga whale and girl

                                                            Whales are often just as nice and gentle as humans. That is why a human can be friends with this whale, as the little girl proves here.

                                                            30. Friendly Goat And Playful Woman

                                                            goat and girl

                                                              Goats may be annoying sometimes, but they can also be very good friends. Of course, this lady can trust this goat, as he in particular seems quite nice.

                                                              This is another odd pairing, but nevertheless amazing!

                                                              31. Eerie Elephant And Brave Child

                                                              ELEPHANT AND CHILD

                                                                Elephants are quite cool and majestic in their own way. And this boy sure is having an amazing time, hitching a ride on this one.

                                                                Looks like I may need to start making some new animal friends, just like him. If only for a new mode of transportation!

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                                                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                Listen carefully:

                                                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                1. Pray Daily

                                                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                3. Smile Often

                                                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                8. Go Exercise

                                                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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