Unlikely Animal Friends

National Geographic Channel

Animal Friends

An elephant holds vigil for a sick dog. A baby hippo chooses a giant tortoise as a surrogate parent. A lion instantly recognizes two men a year after their last encounter. And a lioness turns down an easy kill when she comes across a baby oryx. Can animals really build friendships with other species, people, or even their own prey? How do these odd couples come to be? What do they gain from these improbable companionships? This one-hour special will take a heartwarming look at these curious bonds and explore the emotional complexities behind unlikely animal friends.

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