When it comes to guide dogs, the mind immediately goes to the silent and attentive four-legged friends of the blind. But this time it is a dog that has vision problems. The beautiful Lily, a female alano of six years, remained blind at the age of 18 months. Since then he can count on the constant presence of his best helper: Maddison, another female of the same race who follows her everywhere and "lends" her eyes to explore the surroundings.
Lily was struck by a serious genetic disease that caused her eyelashes to grow inside her eyeballs instead of outside. This is why veterinarians have been forced to take their eyes off it. Looking at her with closed eyelids, one almost gets the impression that she is sleeping. Instead, with Maddison's help, he leads a perfectly active and normal life.
When she feels in difficulty, Lily gently rests her face on Maddison's body to be guided. The dog and its "guardian angel" communicate in a silent and efficient way, through a continuous exchange of gestures that is moving English public opinion.
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The old masters were no longer able to hold them and from July the two big dogs are guests of a kennel, the Shrewsbury Dogs Trust in the county of Shropshire. Now they are looking for a new owner who is able to offer a sufficiently large accommodation to accommodate both. Because a close-knit couple, of course, does not split.
Hundreds have responded to the announcement of the kennel (reachable on this site), also thanks to the strong media coverage of the story. Those who adopt them will have to offer ample space and the possibility of guaranteeing moments of exercise for the couple.
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This chick can take its first steps outdoors without too many thoughts. To guard his security there is an exceptional "bodyguard": a cat that has taken on the delicate task of protecting it from potential aggressors. The young specimens of Pavlovskaja hen (sp. Gallus Gallus), a variety of Russian origin, are particularly vulnerable to the attack of rats and mice, but you can bet that with the feline watching his back, no rodent will dare approach the new born. That between the cat and the chick, however, is not an exclusive friendship. It seems that Mikeal, this is the name of the cat, is particularly protective of the entire brood. The scene was photographed in Barnaul, Russia.
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She needed a pass on the fly, so this water hen (gen. Gallinula) took the first available vehicle. But it went wrong: despite the willingness to lend her her shell, the turtle that lives with her in a zoo in Phoenix (Arizona, USA) is decidedly too slow. When they want something, the females of these water birds prove very resourceful. Once a partner is focused, they engage in a territorial struggle with their rivals by opening their wings in half and keeping low on their paws. After beating the competition they take the initiative courting the beloved to the sound of bowing and gurgling verses.
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At first glance they might seem like a mother and a child, but if you look better you will notice some unmistakable spots on the coat of the left feline. Emma is in fact a cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), and next to her is a young lion (Panthera leo) who took her for her mother. Both animals are guests of Ukutula Lion Park and Lodge in Brits, South Africa, and since the female cheetah was rescued she has taken on the task of babysitting all the orphaned cubs in the facility. In nature, these predators usually compete for food. Besides the cheetahs, among the sworn enemies of the lions there are also the hyenas, which contend the carrions with the lionesses but are readily set aside in the presence of the male lions.
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Behind the most beautiful friendships there are often a series of lucky coincidences. This white boxer, for example, was playing with his mistress on a beach in Fife, Scotland, when the ball fell into the water. Swimming to retrieve it, the dog came face to face with a baby seal, which, as if he had always known it, threw him a friendly stroke of fin on its face. Intrigued by the new friend, the boxer let go of the ball to sniff the stranger by turning around him and then returning to the shore with an empty nose. The funny scene was photographed by a lady walking along the waterfront with her husband.
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This mandrill cub hosted in a zoo in Ningbo, China, and its stuffed animals have become virtually inseparable. But to the soft fur of the puppet the little one would prefer that of his other peers. These primates live in groups that can reach up to fifty individuals, and to communicate with each other they use a very particular gesture. If he wants to play, the mandrill vigorously shakes his head and shoulders and shows his teeth in friendship. When he is angry he violently hits the ground with his paws, while when he doesn't feel like starting a certain activity, like fighting or mating, he simply yawns.
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