In relationships, it’s often the differences that bring you closer, not the similarities. People often say “opposites attract,” and that saying is probably true! In romantic relationships and simple friendships alike, differences are what make the companionship fun.
Animals seem to be catching on!
In the animal kingdom, different species don’t usually interact with each other. Around human captivity, things change! The “opposites attract” language seems to have made a home with one unlikely animal duo as well.
Jag and Bullet are the best of friends.
Among unusual friendships, this one tops the list! Jag is an adult jaguar, and Bullet is a Jack Russell Terrier. At first glance, this might look like a “prey vs. predator” situation. At the core, however, its a lifelong friendship.
How did these two even become friends?
When you first see the two of them together, you are certain it’s just a matter of time before Jag gets hungry. Despite the odds, the two have been together for quite some time! Jag first came to South Africa as a cub to the Akwaaba Lodge. As a cub, Jag and his human caretaker bonded, but the relationship couldn’t last forever.
Eventually, Jag had to have a space of his own.
As he got older and larger, his owner knew that he needed more space and time outside. Since he was so bonded to her, she needed a way to help him cope with the change of living outside. Enter Bullet.
Jag’s owner knew he would do well with a dog.
When the two met, they were immediately friends. They spent their days playing, eating, and sleeping together without a care in the world. Unfortunately, the woman knew that Jag would eventually outgrow Bullet and potentially even become a danger to him.
When the day came for Jag to move into his new, full-sized enclosure, it was unfortunate.
Obviously, Bullet wasn’t able to go with his friend into the new enclosure. He was such a small dog and didn’t fit with the huge predatory cat. Jaguars aren’t even domesticated or tamed, so they really had no idea what would happen if they let Bullet stay.
After the first day, it was apparent something was wrong.
When Jag went into his enclosure, he sat and cried for a whole 24-hours straight. At the same time, Bullet sat at the door and whined to be let in to see his friend. The two CLEARLY didn’t like being separated from one another. Over time, the cries didn’t get better; they got worse.
Finally, their mom allowed them to see each other.
The love of the two friends seemed to make up for any worry that the handlers had for either of their safety! Now, their mom allows them to spend time together, just as friends would want.
Nowadays, the two are happier than ever.
Jag is the bigger and more physically imposing of the two, but Bullet is the dominant one! Even still, Jag is always very careful with his strength and bulk when it comes to his little friend. While we may never understand their relationship, it sure is cute to watch!
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