There's something magical about an animal ignoring all of its instinctual programing to become friends with a species that would ordinarily be its enemy. Fortunately, I'm not the only one who holds this belief and through the years, people have constantly documented their first-hand experiences of animal friendships that deny the laws of nature.

WebEcoist has gone one step further and collected an array of these stories that feature all types of animal pairings. The result is fascinating, as well as adorable. There are stories of a chimp who adopted two tiger cubs, a tigress who looked over a litter of pigs, a dog that rescued a baby kangaroo, and a hippo who became best friends with a tortoise. If you have any animal soft spots, this article is certain to hit them all.

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