What's to learn? My feline housemate, Bella, and I have been friends from day one. (I just pretend I don't like her to keep up my image).
O.K. Maybe it's what you humans can learn. This fascinating New York Times article, complete with videos and slide shows, helps us all better understand what propels inter-species "friendships" and what, if anything, can be learned from these unusual bondings. It also seems that humans find such relationships endlessly fascinating: Will "the lion [really] lay down with the lamb", or will he or she simply toy with it for awhile before it becomes dinner? And more importantly, did that adorable Labrador puppy really win the hearts of those giant Clydesdales?
What this article so eloquently ponders is why, if various animals can bond across species, does the human animal have so much trouble bonding across ethnic, racial and territorial lines, for example.
Some humans crave to be reconnected to nature and simply find "odd examples" of inter-speices friendships funny or attractive. "Others see in the meeting of dog and doe, goat and rhino, tiger and bear, an idea of peaceful connection that humans too often find elusive."
We'd love to hear what you think about inter-species friendships, including some of your own!