62 posts tagged Friendship
62 posts tagged Friendship
While we can’t say for certain that this frog and beetle are friends, we’re still filing it in the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship because it looks as though they’re in the middle of a great and noble quest. Even Nicolas Reusens Boden, the Swedish photographer who took it, entitled his awesome photo The Knight and His Steed.
Nicolas had this to say about his remarkable photo:
"Although controlled, this shot was not prepared at all, I was performing a workshop with the Agalychnis callidryas treefrog from Costa Rica when the frog managed to jump to the branch where this huge titan was sleeping…I had my gear ready so I only had to change a few settings and shoot…the rest is history.”
This photo is one of over 100,000 photos submitted to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, which is open to students, amateur photographers and professionals alike. Visit the World Photography Organisation website to view more.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Lots of people love to travel and plenty of people do, but there are also lots of people out there who, sometimes because of physical or psychological challenges, can’t get out very easily, if at all. That’s where a tender-hearted, 38-year-old, Japanese entrepreneur named Sonoe Azuma comes in. Three years ago she started a business called Unagi Travel, a self-described “travel agency for stuffed animals.” Sonoe arranges vacations and day-trips for stuffed animals, taking photos and videos all the while, so that their owners may vicariously experience the adventures of their plush friends.
Travelogues are uploaded to Facebook, where the owners can follow what activities their stuffed animals are up to.
"So far, more than 200 stuffed animals have participated in the trips, and some of them sign up regularly. I would say 40 percent of my business is repeat customers," Azuma told The Yomiuri Shimbun. She now organizes ten trips a month and has even taken stuffed animals abroad to the U.S. and Europe.
These trips aren’t just entertaining for Sonoe’s customers, some of whom suffer from depression and/or social anxiety, they also encourage people to work up the strength/courage/motivation to get out and travel themselves.
"I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my stuffed animal’s journeys someday,” a 51-year-old woman from Saga Prefecture told Yomiuri. The woman had become a recluse because an illness had made walking difficult. However, she was inspired to rehabilitate her legs and go out in the world after seeing her stuffed animal on an Unagi Travel tour.
"Seeing my stuffed animal traveling encouraged me," she said. "I began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over things that I can’t.
Here’s an endearing new story for the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. It’s a couple years old, but no less touching for being a bit dated. Meet Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Bluetick Coonhound, an improbable pair who’ve been inseparable ever since they met at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s the same endangered wildlife reserve that’s home to another Bubbles and Bella, another awesome and unlikely pair of pals.
Suryia and Roscoe first met in 2008 soon after Roscoe first appeared at the reserve and starting following TIGERS staff members as they walked home from work.
He was immediately spotted by the orangutan, who ambled over to make friends. Dr Bhagavan Antle, the reserve’s founder, said: ‘Roscoe looked really thin and a little lost so we fed him and took care of him. He followed us through the gate and ran over and found Suryia. As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing.
'Dogs are usually scared of primates, but they took to each other straight away. We made a few calls to see if he belonged to anyone and when no one came forward, Roscoe ended up staying.'
In 2011 Dr. Antle published a book of photographs which, entitled Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship, shows the ape and pup enjoying each other’s company at the wildlife reserve.
Visit Dailymail.co.ukfor even more photos of this charming primate/canine duo.
Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship brings us the awesome story of ‘Bubbles’ the 32-year-old African elephant and ‘Bella’ the 3-year-old black Labrador. They’re best friends and they live together at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, also known as Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife park in South Carolina.
Bubbles was rescued when she was still a baby, orphaned after her parents were killed by poachers for their tusks. She was flown to the US along with a few other elephant orphans where there were facilities ready to care for them.
One of Bella and Bubbles’ favourite games to play is play catch. Bubbles uses her trunk to throw a ball for Bella. When they’re in the water together, Bubbles throws the ball and Bella leaps off her perch atop Bubbles’ head to dive in and retrieve it. Bubbles also likes to play keep-away with the ball and Bella because Bella can only leap about as high as her friend’s knees.
Photos by Barry Bland.
Chinese photographer Jun C elevates humble safety pins into surprisingly expressive anthropomorphic subjects for an ongoing series of photos entitled Brooch. Some appear to sit alone on a chair or at a desk, while others spend time with loved ones.
The pins are carefully bent and positioned in scenes that are wholly familiar to us humans - so much so that the viewer immediately identifies with the little metal subjects on an emotional level. In Jun C’s world, the life of a safety pin has its ups and downs just as it does for any of us.
Visit Jun C’s deviantART gallery to check out more of his work.
[via Design Taxi]
Let’s drop in for a quick visit at the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. FNIproductions shared this ridiculously cute and amusing video of an affectionate squirrel making fast friends with their family’s sweet and patient rabbit, whose name is George.
George + Squirrel = BFF
Let’s all gather round for another heartwarming tale from the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. This story dates back to 2010 and takes place in the forests of Bali, Indonesia. While on vacation amateur photographer Anne Young visited the Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a 27 acre reserve that’s home to approximately 340 monkeys and receives well over 10,000 visitors per month.
It was there that Anne encountered the awesome sight of a young Long-tailed macaque cuddling, nuzzling, and grooming a ginger kitten. Not only was the affectionate young monkey clearly quite fond of the little kitten, he/she was also very protective of it:
"…the monkey would become agitated if Anne ventured too near to take pictures and at one point used a huge leaf to try and cover the kitten from view. The monkey was even wary of other macaques and would not allow other young males to get too close. Throughout the session the kitten enjoyed the attention being lavished on it by its protective carer and made no effort to leave."
Less talk, more cuddly monkeys.
Geyser of Awesome friend Una Feral just tipped us off to an exceptionally cute and heartwarming story from the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. This tale dates back to 2009, but it’s news to us and too awesome to keep to ourselves.
These unbearably sweet photos were taken by Bob Lenham who, along with his wife Georganne, owns a small ranch in the Piney Woods of East Texas called Wild Rose Rescue Ranch. It’s there that you’ll find Noah, a one-legged homing pigeon and permanent resident of the rescue ranch, who took an unexpected interest in a cage containing a litter of tiny baby bunnies who had recently been attacked and orphaned by a dog:
"Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in-even sleeping in front of the door to the cage. Then, 2 days ago, I only counted 2 bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of the cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise-there was the tiny bunny-under Noah’s wing-sound asleep!
The bunny had crawled through the cage-preferring a featherbed, no doubt. Now, they are all together, and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah’s feathers, he extends his wings out to surround them-and they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak!”
But that’s not all. Noah now helps out with all sorts of injured and/or orphaned baby animals in the care of the ranch. “He cuddles with all the babies as they snuggle under his warm feathers…and he “coos” as if singing them to sleep with a lullaby.”
The purpose of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch is rehabilitating animals so that they may be returned to the wild. Because of his physical condition Noah the rescue pigeon is unreleasable, but he plays a vital role in helping other residents of the ranch heal and grow up healthy and strong so that they may be set free. That’s pretty freaking awesome.
Photos via Noah’s Facebook page.
It’s time for a visit to the Aquatic Division of the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Macro photographer Nordin Seruyan (previously featured here) caught this frog and praying mantis undertaking an adventure together in a pond in his back garden in Borneo, Indonesia. The frog waded across the pond as the mantis appeared to offer directions from atop the frog’s head. According to Nordin, their journey lasted ten minutes, after which the frog deposited the mantis on the far side of the pond.
While we love regular visits to the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship, something we seldom get to do is revisit interspecies friends we’ve already met to see how they’re getting along. That’s what makes this video an extra-special treat.
Last month we shared a video of a sweet cat named Clara in in County Offaly, Ireland who had not only just given birth to a litter of kittens, but had adopted three orphaned ducklings to boot. In this new video we check back in on Clara and her mixed brood.
Everyone is still awesomely cute, cuddly, and thriving. However the ducklings are growing faster than the kittens and Clara is not pleased that they’re already entertaining ideas of leaving the safety of her nest. She won’t have it and, as you’ll see, makes sure to retrieve the bold little duckling who’s ready to go off on untold adventures. Clara wants to keep them all close by. Eventually the ducklings relent and everyone ends up in a sleepy heap. If you’re not smiling by the end of the video, it might be time to check your pulse.