Put aside the rivalry for a moment and bring your brother or sister closer, because it's Siblings Day! Don't worry; no gifts are required. Instead, you guys can share this adorable gallery. We all agree that litters of puppies and kittens are cute, but there is something super sweet about animals who find kindred spirits in species other than their own. Check out these cuties who found family in unlikely and furry places, creating some of the best foster siblings ever.
TIGERS AND ORANGUTANS
Workers at Indonesian zoo were leery about what would happen when they put two tigers together with a pair of orangutans. Turns out the combination creates a whirlpool of cute. The animals were placed in the same nursery after their moms abandoned them. The two sets of twins quickly became inseparable. They napped, played and ate together. Since the foursome came to view each other as family, there's never been an act of hostility between the newborns, the entire time they shared the same space. (NBC News)
CARCAL AND BOBCAT
It can take time and a little bit of luck to find that brother from another mother your soul has been searching for. Robie the carcal and Bear the bobcat had to wait until they were grumpy old men. The big kitties were put in the same enclosure temporarily, so the staff of their wildlife reserve could do some maintenance. Since the cats had the reputation of being unfriendly, everyone figured the animals would leave each other alone. But the pair shocked the staff by becoming best buddies, helping each other take on old age with the right amount of grumpiness. (National Geographic)
WOMBAT AND KANGAROO
Prepare your best "awwws" for Anzac the kangaroo and Peggy the wombat. These two became as close to blood related as you can be without shared genes. The animals were put together for company after they were orphaned and brought to Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Center. Both quickly bonded over their shared marsupial status. The babies helped each other through this traumatic time with lots of snuggling and by listening to the soothing sound of each other's heartbeat.
BADGER AND FOX
Badgers and foxes don't seem like a peanut butter and jelly kind of pair, but Billie and Pixie made it work. Billie the abandoned badger was put into an enclosure with a group of orphaned foxes to help her become socialized before taking on her own kind. The sly foxes were happy to help, with Pixie being especially eager. The tough kit, who was found mauled by an animal, had no trouble taking on a new adventure. The pair quickly became play partners and close friends. Eventually, Billie was taken to live with the other badgers, but she still has play dates with her original family, which includes plenty of pouncing with Pixie. (All Things Now)
DOG AND ALPACA
Hopefully, Cindy the alpaca isn't planning on packing up her things and taking off, because Clarence the sheepdog would miss his strange sister. The pair grew up on the biggest alpaca farm in Austria since both cuties were 3 months old. This kind of upbringing has led the animals to believe they are true family, and who are we to tell them any different? (Yahoo)
CAT AND RABBIT
Kara the cat and Melba the bunny can relate to one another — one of the keys to any successful relationship. Both animals were rescued by the same woman and brought together under one roof. While their owner was worried about how it would work, the tough-luck critters quickly took to each other and their new cushy life. Kara adores grooming Melba, and the two always stay cuddled together, pleased to have someone else to share their happiness with. (Buzzfeed)
DOG AND CHEETAH
Not only can cats and dogs get along, but big cats seem to be partial to the occasional pup, too. With their Animal Ambassador Program, the San Diego Zoo proved just how close these creatures can get, which pairs young cheetahs with specially trained puppies. This bond helps the cheetahs relax and stay content in their enclosure, and offers the perfect playmate. Kasi and Mtani are a pawesome example of this special furry friendship at work. The two were raised together at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and are now as inseparable as a set of twins. (Cesar's Way)
TIGER AND RHESUS MONKEY
Big cats always seem to be looking for some sibling love. This extroverted tiger cub found an unlikely relative in a Rhesus monkey. The pair live at the Hefei Wild Zoo in China’s Anhui province and are currently sharing an enclosure. The staff isn't sure how long the housing situation will last, but if these two keep up the brotherly love, it could become a permanent arrangement. We will keep our paws crossed. (Daily Mail)
DOG AND SQUIRREL
Finnegan the squirrel happened upon an adorable jackpot. The lonely rodent was found injured and malnourished in a Seattle neighborhood, and was taken to a local woman known to help needy animals. In this case, the woman's pregnant Papillon dog stepped in, willingly snuggling up to and caring for Finnegan. The love train didn't stop once the puppies were born. Instead, the new mother raised her kids alongside the squirrel. This animal act of kindness led the puppies to treat Finnegan as one of their own. (Snopes)
KITTEN AND PUPPY
It's a Disney story come true. Instead of waiting for someone to adopt them, an abandoned kitten and puppy at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home decided to adopt each other. The precious pair quickly formed a sisterly bond, and refuse to be without the other. This growing love has allowed both of the babies to heal quickly and happily. The shelter has made it clear that these two are a package deal, so the "sisters" won't be separated.
CAT AND IGUANA
Fur is so overrated. Johann the cat is willing to accept anyone who can match his cuddly demeanor. That special someone turned out to be a iguana named Soba. Johann was rescued as a kitten from a shelter, where workers said his chances of survival were bleak. Lizard love appeared to be the magic cure. Once Johann was brought home, he instantly tried to snuggle with Soba. The iguana fought the attention at first, but eventually melted under the kitten's attempts at a brotherly bond. (PetSide)
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DOG AND PIG
Louie the pig only had to strut his stuff to be welcomed into the coveted dog brothers club. The pig arrived at a Welsh farm at only 3 months old. Too small to be put in with the other pigs on the property, Louie was allowed to roam the grounds and socialize. The active animal soon stumbled upon the canine ability courses on the farm used to train the dogs. Louie's owner was amazed to find that the pig quickly picked up the tricks, sometimes faster than the pooches. After watching Louie master tunnels, jumps and bridges, the dogs of the farm were eager to let the pig be part of their team. (Daily Mail)