The Geyser of Awesome was recently tipped off to a particularly awesome and exceptional tale of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Thanks to Pamela, we learned about Bonedigger, a five-year-old, 500 pound lion, and Milo, a seven-year-old, 11 pound Dachsund, aka Bonedigger’s BFF. They live together at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Bonedigger was born with a metabolic bone disease that left him mildly disabled. While he was still just a cub, Milo and two other dachshunds, Bullet and Angel, seemed to sense that Bonedigger needed extra care and the three dogs sought to comfort and protect the young lion.
Now Bonedigger and his pack of wiener dogs cuddle, feast on raw meat, and play on the park grounds together. Sometimes Park manager John Reinke gets in on the cuddling as well. Perhaps best of all, after their meals, Milo licks Bonedigger’s mouth clean - teeth, tongue, and all.
Milo also does his best to mimic Bonedigger’s ‘puffing’ behaviour - “a deafening lion growl that can be heard over a mile away. Wild lions use it to communicate with other prides in their natural environment.”
The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park was damaged and flooded by the horrendous tornado that tore through Oklahoma on May 20th. Nevertheless, they’ve been providing shelter for both domestic and wild animals that were left homeless after the storm. Click here if you’re interesting in donating to the park.
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