OK, we’ll admit it, animal friendships are the staple of every blog site from here to http://www.timbuktu.com, but animals are animals, so we had to get on the bandwagon sooner or later. Still, we’ve tried to keep things interesting and not just indulgent here, with an emphasis on the coolest as well as cutest match-ups, good photography, and interesting stories or explanation behind what’s going on in the shot.
Monkey on my back
This first match made in heaven comes from photographer Roberto Saccon, who was watching out of his car window in São Luís, Brazil, when he couldn’t believe the sight that met his eyes: a monkey riding on a dog’s back. Luckily he was carrying his camera, so he jumped out of the car and followed the unusual couple. The dog’s owners lived nearby and allowed Saccon to shoot some photos, telling him that only one of their two dogs had formed the special relationship with the cute little monkey.
This behaviour may be based on reciprocity derived from the monkey’s habit of presenting its back to other monkeys who then pick out parasites. However, since the dog is unlikely to do the same for the monkey, we can but guess what the monkey hopes to gain from the situation. Protection or a free ride could be possible answers. Or maybe it is just pure altruism. It’s a cynical world though, so we doubt it.
It’s hard to tell what’s guiding the behaviour of this next funny pair, though it looks like the frog may be getting steered by the mouse’s tiny paw. Is the mouse being rescued from highwater by the frog or is that just one opportunistic rodent hitching along for the ride? Either way, it’s a shot that has become a bit of a classic on the old intertubes, scoring high in the cutesy stakes.
Another popular pic on the web, here we see what appears to be a baby rat or hamster nestled under the wing of a cockatiel. Needless to say, this snapshot of apparent domestic bliss involving two household pets has elicited many a sentimental “aww”, though a surprising number of people have also cried fake, even accusing the bird of being straight off the taxidermist’s table. We sincerely hope not.