The animal kingdom is fascinating, unforgiving and enormously unpredictable. Even when we think we have it all figured out, the creatures walking this Earth still manage to surprise us on the daily.
When two very different animals were put in the same enclosure, it was anyone’s guess what was going to happen. One was fierce and strong, while the other was small and meek. Many feared for the lives of the animals; no one could have expected how the animals would react. You won’t believe how this turns out!
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The Strangest Zoo
When people think of a zoo, they usually think of zebras, lions, tigers and elephants. It’s not common for someone to think cats, hamsters and puppies! However, not all zoos are made equal.
One zoo in particular, the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma recognized just how few wildlife parks were still running in the area. They thought that they might compensate for this, by welcoming a larger number of animals, and a broader range of species. It was a unique idea, to say that least.
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One particular animal had been living at the zoo ever since he was a teenager. The animal was an African lion, and his name was Bonedigger. This fierce lion didn’t exactly have the same upbringing as other lions.
Bonedigger was raised by humans from the time he was just a cub. His owner’s name was John Reinke, and the two had a very special bond from the very start. Bonedigger was fiercely loyal to John, who he saw as both a friend and father figure.
Bonedigger wasn’t very good at sharing. Click ‘Next’ to see what we mean!
A New Playmate
Not long after Bonedigger came to live with John, another animal was welcomed into the family. It wasn’t a kitten or hamster like you’d expect, but rather a baby tiger!
The tiger’s name was Tony, named after the popular breakfast cereal that kids love. No one knew how well the animals would get along, but fortunately they clicked almost right away. The two animals had many things in common, including the fact that they were abandoned early on in life. John thought they had a great connection.
And yet, something was a bit off between the two animals. Click ‘Next’!
A Little Protective
Even though Bonedigger and Tony were getting along well, there were some instances when the lion wasn’t very happy with his striped friend. This was most obvious when John was around the animals.
It was clear that Bonedigger was very protective of John. Anytime that the lion felt the tiger was being too playful with their owner, the lion would let out a baby road to show his displeasure. Bonedigger struggled to have healthy relationships with other animals, but his love for his owner was undeniable.
You have to click ‘Next’ to find out what happened to this lion!
As Bonedigger got older, John could see his personality coming through. At four months old, the animal was beginning to grow in strength and size. Along with that, came more of a ferocious attitude.
Bonedigger was always biting, attacking the sides of his enclosure, and standing off against other animals and people to display his power. John had seen this before in other animals, but the felt as though the anger in Bonedigger was misplaced. Something else was happening in the mind of this wild cat.
It was time to find a new home. Click ‘Next’!
It felt like just yesterday Bonedigger was a baby lion, just trying to navigate his way through his new life. And yet, in the blink of an eye the lion was a full-sized wild animal with some very assertive needs.
John knew that he could no longer keep Bonedigger or Tony in his home. The animals had reached their adult size, and they simply didn’t have enough space in John’s home anymore. It was a sad thing to face, but it had to happen someday. John knew the beautiful animals had to go.
Bonedigger’s problems followed him to his new home. Click ‘Next’!
Bonedigger and Tony were taken to The Greater Wynnewood Animal Park, in Wynnewood Oklahoma. Wynnewood is one of the only animal sanctuaries still running in the area, due to poor funding.
To compensate for the lack of sanctuaries, the Wynnewood Animal Park makes an effort to bring in all kinds of animals in need. Thanks to their sacrifice, the park has accepted all kinds of animals, including Bonedigger and Tony. It’s a lot of work, but the park has garnered all kinds of attention for their selflessness.
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Wynnewood is a fascinating place to explore. The animals that can be seen at this park include kangaroos, lions, skunks, monkeys, birds, and more! All of the animals have been granted sanctuary to live out their lives peacefully.
When it comes to Bonedigger, John wasn’t sure how well he would adjust to this new place. He had such a strong connection to his owner, and John feared that he would struggle. However, there were a handful of animals in the park who would too dangerous to socialize with others. Was Bonedigger one of them?
Click ‘Next’ to find out how Bonedigger reacted to this place.
Bonedigger was only four months old at the time, but he was strong and fierce. Unfortunately, the lion ended up being diagnosed with metabolic bone disease, which left him disabled in comparison to the other cats at the park.
When John found out about Bonedigger’s circumstances, he became worried. He felt as though Bonedigger’s aggressions potentially stemmed from this issue, and it was the lion’s way of trying to establish power amongst the other animals. With the news about Bonedigger’s health, John realized something interesting.
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A Powerful Connection
John Reinke knew all about the struggles that Bonedigger was facing as a young cub. The animal was looked down on by the other animals, but he didn’t want to seem weak.
John had felt the same way many times, when people had looked down on his for his disability. You see, John was a double-amputee, with both of his legs being removed many years earlier. This fact alone may be the reason that John and Bonedigger had such an unspoken connection.
Something had to be done about Bonedigger. Click ‘Next’!
Close to Home
Lucky for Bonedigger, John’s home wasn’t far away from the animal park. In fact, it was right next door! And Bonedigger got to see John all the time, because he was actually the park’s manager!
John had worked with the small cub in his home, and how he was trying to nurse the animal back to health at the park. He was never far away from the animal, which helped with the creature’s anxiety. John turned to his staff members to try and help Bonedigger establish relationships with some of the other animals in the park.
Would their efforts work? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
Bonedigger was having trouble connecting with the other animals at the park. It seemed like all he wanted to do was be with John and protect John. This was a big problem, especially for the lion’s future.
The team at the zoo knew that the lion had to start communicating with other animals as soon as possible. If he became unsociable and isolated, he would likely be a nightmare to work with in the future. An isolated animal could mean a bad attitude, attacks, and a very dangerous cat.
What was the team going to do about this? You have to click ‘Next’!
The Rogue Crew
One of the unique things about Wynnewood Park, was that they had their own band of misfits who ran free around the park. Many of the visitors of the park came just to see this hilarious group!
You won’t believe it unless you see it, but it’s true. Wynnewood was home to a pack of rambunctious dachshund dogs! Free of enclosures, this hyper group of pups had free range of the property, and they loved to cause havoc wherever they went.
Visitors couldn’t believe this crazy pack. Click ‘Next’!
Wild and Free
The pups were used to being out in the open, and they had no fear when it came to the other bigger animals in the park. They often went to the food court to scour for food, or they’d taunt the other animal residents in their cages.
The dogs were certainly high-energy animals, and they were also very brave. Dachshunds are very small creatures, and many of the animals in the park were more than 45 times their weight! There was certainly a level of danger, but the dogs seemed to love it.
There was a leader in this wild pack. Click ‘Next’ to see who it was!
The wild group of pups had minds of their own, but they all followed the lead of one puppy in particular. Her name was Abby, and she was quite possibly the feistiest Dachshund of all time!
Abby was an 11-pound, dark chocolate female. She always seemed to be the one coming up with naughty ideas for the rest of the dogs to follow. The zoo was already a unique place to visit, but the dogs made things even more interesting and memorable for guests!
A special park ranger was about to change everything. Click ‘Next’!
The Wynnewood Park was home to many incredible things, including a man named Joe Exotic. Joe was an incredible man, who was highly invested in the livelihood of the animals at the park.
Joe is a zookeeper at heart, but he’s so much more than that! Joe tried to run for American presidency in 2016, and he is now attempting to become the Libertarian candidate for the governor of Oklahoma. Additionally, he performs in a country band when he’s not at the zoo! There was nothing this man couldn’t do!
Joe had a great idea for Bonedigger. Click ‘Next’!
Taking a Chance
Joe Exotic knew all about Bonedigger, and he felt badly for the large cat. He didn’t want this animal to be isolated all of his life, so he made it his personal mission to try and help the large cat.
Joe was set on the idea to socialize Bonedigger with one of the animals at the zoo, but which one would it be? At the time, there were no other lions at the sanctuary, and they already knew that Bonedigger wasn’t great with Tony. What would they do?
This part is crazy! Click ‘Next’!
Joe was always paying attention to the daily habits and attitudes of the animals at the park. What Joe had noticed, was that there was one animal in particular who was always lurking around Bonedigger’s cage.
Everyone was surprised to hear that the animal who was so brave as to hang around Bonedigger was none other than Abby the dachshund! The brave little creature had noticed the lion as soon as he came to the park, and her interest in the animal was a daily occurrence.
Was this a sign for the lonely lion? Click ‘Next’!
Joe Exotic proposed that they team try to establish a relationship between the lion and the feisty dog. He explained that he had been watching Abby, and she was always watching Bonedigger.
In fact, on multiple occasions, the lion and the dog could be seen communicating to one another through the fences! This was a very positive sight for Joe, who had only ever seen Bonedigger lunging and chasing other animals away from him. However, this was a huge, huge risk for the park team to take.
Click ‘Next’ to hear about the dangers of this potential plan!
The Tiniest Friend
Abby might be a fierce pup, but she was only 11 pounds! It wasn’t hard to see why this relationship might be a very dangerous problem—Bonedigger was 45 times the weight of the rambunctious dog!
However, there was a common knowledge that Abby was very good at taking care of herself. She was quick to escape when needed, and she often put larger animals in their place! If anyone was going to get Bonedigger in shape, Abby was their best bet.
Did they really think Abby was the best choice? Click ‘Next’ for more!
The Social Butterfly
It’s no secret that dogs are very social, friendly creatures. They love to wrestle, run, cuddle and play, without expecting anything in return. Dogs can often melt even the coldest of hearts with their selfless attitudes.
When it came to Bonedigger, the team hoped that this would also be the case. Perhaps the lively, life-loving dog could persuade Bonedigger to come out of his shell? If this was going to go forward, the team had to have a foolproof plan to keep everyone safe.
This was a crazy moment you can’t miss. Click ‘Next’!
The team talked about how they were going to pull off this first interaction. Luckily, the dog and the lion were already well-aware of one another, since Abby had been hanging out around his enclosure.
The team decided that they would all be a part of the first meeting, agreeing to bring Abby into the cage while John stayed with Bonedigger. They hoped that with John present, the lion would have a more calm and friendly attitude when another animal entered his enclosure.
What do you think happened? Click ‘Next’!
Abby was put on a leash, and the team began the first interaction between the lion and the dachshund. It was a nervous day for everyone, but they wanted to help Bonedigger as soon as possible.
John went to Bonedigger, and led him to the back of his enclosure. The rest of the team opened up the cage, and came in with Abby on a leash. They all waited with baited breath to see how the animals would react. They were ready for anything at this point.
You’ve got to see this. Click ‘Next’!
No one could have foreseen the initial reactions of either the dog or the lion! John was shocked—as soon as Bonedigger saw Abby, he began to back up! He was actually trying to get further into John’s arms!
This was a very strange reaction—it was as though the lion was afraid of the tiny puppy! Even stranger, Abby didn’t seem afraid at all. In fact, Abby was tugging at her leash, fighting to get closer to the creature that she’d be hanging around for so many days.
Things didn’t go smoothly after that. Click ‘Next’ to see what we mean!
John had Bonedigger on his own leash, and it was now that he gave a little slack to the leash. He hoped that Bonedigger would behave. As soon as he had some slack, it seemed like Bonedigger gathered some confidence.
He made his way towards Abby, trying to figure out whether she was a friend, or something delicious to eat! Abby, on the other hand, was extremely hyper. She was jumping up and down trying to get closer to the lion. This was one brave dog!
Would Bonedigger behave? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
A Bad Reaction
The zookeepers were ready for anything, and they prepared themselves in case Bonedigger lunged towards the dog. As soon as they were close enough, the lion cub pressed his nose up against the dog.
Bonedigger quickly pulled away after the first interaction, and the pup howled excitedly. However, the lion didn’t seem quite as happy. He backed up further and let out his best effort to roar at the dachshund. This wasn’t a good sign, and the zookeepers quickly reacted.
Click ‘Next’! This hadn’t gone as planned!
Taking a Break
The interaction between the lion and the puppy hadn’t made Bonedigger very happy. He became fairly upset after the meeting, which was a very bad sign for the team at the zoo.
The animals were separated, and the team had to discuss what steps they wanted to take next. They considered introducing a larger animal to Bonedigger, but they still didn’t think that this was the best approach. John knew that introducing a larger cat would only make Bonedigger feel insecure again.
Was that the end for Bonedigger and Abby? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
Stuck on Abby
When the team discussed the next moves with Bonedigger, they were all still convinced that it wasn’t the end for the lion and the dachshund. They were not ready to give up quite yet.
The team agreed that they were going to try again with the animals. They felt that the two needed more time together, and that they shouldn’t expect the perfect union the very first time. They agreed that they were going to being Abby into the enclosure again soon.
What would happen the second time? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
When Abby entered Bonedigger’s cage for a second time, she wasn’t afraid at all. In fact, it seemed as though the puppy simply saw this as another chance for playtime with the enormous cat!
Abby and her team came into the enclosure again, this time with both animals on their leashes like before. At this point, Bonedigger was six months old, and he had calmed down significantly. Abby walked right up to the lion again, tail wagging. This time, things were different.
What was different this time? Click ‘Next’! You won’t believe it!
A Change of Heart
When Abby approached Bonedigger for a second time, things were different. The lion was a little calmer, and he chose to pace around his enclosure keeping a watchful eye on the dog.
When the small pooch barked this time, the lion did not jump. He seemed to have figured the dog out a little more, and he wasn’t quite as overwhelmed with the rambunctious attitude of the smaller animal. This was a good sign for the zookeepers, and they knew they made the right decision trying again.
Click ‘Next’ to see how the relationship changes!
On the Loose
The team knew that they couldn’t keep coming into the enclosure with Abby and Bonedigger. At some point, the animals would need to be left alone together to see how things were really going between the two of them.
With this in mind, the team decided that it was time to let the animals roam on their own. It was going to be a very nerve-wracking moment for the team, but there was no way to know how they’d get along with the impact of the humans in the cage.
You have to read this. Click ‘Next’!
One fateful day, the team released Abby into Bonedigger’s enclosure on her own. The team watched with baited breath, hoping that the dachshund wouldn’t turn into a quick meal for the lion.
The zookeepers had laid out all of Bonedigger’s toys, hoping that Abby could show him how to play with her. The dog was more than happy to oblige, and the dog quickly ran towards all of the toys and blankets in the middle of the enclosure. What was Bonedigger going to do about this?
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Abby was more than okay with being in Bonedigger’s enclosure, and this attitude what likely what affected the lion the most. Abby had completely ignored the lion and went straight to his toys!
In response, Bonedigger got up and began to approach the hyper pup. He began circling the animal, keeping his eyes on her at all times. The team wondered whether he was acclimatizing to her, or if he was planning his next meal. He continued to circle Abby slowly.
This moment was what everyone was waiting for. Click ‘Next’!
On High Alert
The zoo team was on high alert, expecting the lion to lunge at any moment. However, this wasn’t what happened! Although Bonedigger looked like he was stalking prey, he never pounced.
Before anyone could react, Abby launched herself at the lion and planted a huge, sloppy kiss on the lion’s face! Bonedigger definitely hadn’t been expecting this. In reaction, the lion used his huge paw and swatted at the little dog. The team immediately went back into high alert position.
Was Abby okay? Click ‘Next’ to keep following this interaction!
Abby was far too quick for the lion—his giant paw completely missed the pup, as she bounded to the side and avoided his swat! She wasn’t even afraid of the lion …now this was a fun game!
Abby began to hop around the big cat, egging him on to play with her in response. Abby went into a pouncing stance, with her chest to the ground and her tail wagging in the air. This was a game for her! The team watched as Bonedigger’s muscles began to relax.
Perhaps Abby had been underestimated! Click ‘Next’!
Abby seemed to have made the lion relax much more than the team had ever anticipated. As she jumped around the lion playfully, the team kept their eyes on Bonedigger for any signs of aggression.
Fortunately, there was only one response that Bonedigger had for the dog, and it was one that the team could have only dreamt of seeing. The lonely cat lowered his head and actually planted his own sloppy kiss on the dog! Everyone was completely speechless!
So much started to happen in just a few weeks. Click ‘Next’!
With such a successful meeting having taken place, the team knew that they were right to give Abby and Bonedigger another chance together. After that second meeting, things only got better.
Bonedigger seemed to really enjoy the presence of Abby, and she seemed to bring out the life in the lion that had been suppressed for so long. Instead of feeling inferior to this animal, Bonedigger felt a bond with the dog that brought him out of his shell.
It was time to make the relationship permanent. Click ‘Next’!
A New Home
Bonedigger began to feel protective of Abby, just as he had with John. Whenever it was time for Abby to leave the enclosure, it was clear that Bonedigger became very sad. The team didn’t want this at all!
To solve this new problem, the team agreed that Abby and Bonedigger should always be together. The two animals began living in their joined home, and matured together. The enclosure included a home for each of the animals, and they enjoyed a sandy habitat together.
Click ‘Next’! Things started to change for the dynamic duo!
Of course, Abby had always been a part of a crew of dachshunds who ruled around the park. Now that Abby was living with Bonedigger, things were different. However, the herd needed their leader!
So, what was the team going to do? Abby was particularly different than her friends—she was much more demanding and bossy, which was likely part of the reason that Bonedigger liked her so much. The other dogs were calmer and meeker than Abby, which was a potential issue.
Click ‘Next’ to see what the team would do about the other dogs!
Not the Same
The team was hesitant with Abby’s friends; they didn’t know what they should do. Should they introduce the lion to the rest of Abby’s crew, or would that pose a danger to them?
Not only were they less brave than Abby, but Bonedigger was known to be very aggressive when he wanted to protect his friends. Now that he was so close to Abby, the zookeepers feared that the lion would reject the other dogs and want Abby to himself. Once again, they team found themselves in a tough position.
Click ‘Next’. This lion just kept surprising people!
Taking a Chance
The zookeepers had loved seeing how much Bonedigger opened up around Abby. They were optimistic about the lion accepting the other dogs, so long as Abby was there with him.
They hoped that the large cat would behave with the other dogs, since it would be clear that Abby had accepted them. The team took another chance, and allowed the other dogs to enter into the enclosure. Some madness ensued, as the rambunctious dogs took over the enclosure. Could Bonedigger handle all of this?
You have to click ‘Next’! This next part is wild!
The three dachshunds were named Milo, Bullet, and Angel. They launched themselves into the enclosure, immediately circling their best friend since birth. Joe and John made sure to remain in the cage while the first meeting occurred.
Surprisingly, none of the dogs were afraid of the lion! They were just like Abby, happy to play and totally ignorant to the large cat in their presence. It was likely their ‘big dog complex’ that made this type of dog so fearless.
Bonedigger was overwhelmed by all of this! Click ‘Next’ to see what he does!
Bonedigger was obviously overwhelmed upon first meeting Abby’s crew. He had just gotten used to having one dog in his cage, and now there were four! This was a hard thing for the lion.
The zookeepers could see his attitude changing. There was a lot of activity going on in the cage, and Bonedigger was unsure of the animals approaching him. In response, the large lion who was now full-grown growled at the animals and flashed his teeth. Abby seemed surprised at this new stature that the lion took on.
Click ‘Next’ for something amazing. Bonedigger was a changed lion.
Even though Bonedigger tried to assert his dominance over the dogs, they were hardly afraid. They kept playing with each other and ignored the large cat. Over time, it seemed as though the lion began to accept them, to a degree.
Not surprisingly, Bonedigger was always going to have a soft spot for Abby. The dogs continued to be allowed into the enclosure, and even though the lion got used to them, Abby was always favored. Bonedigger often growled and swatted at the other dogs, but he never got annoyed with Abby.
It was amazing to watch the relationships change. Click ‘Next’!
As time went on, the dogs began to feel very comfortable with the new enclosure. They loved playing with their old friend, and they were just as happy to wrestle and snuggle with their lion friend.
At any time, visitors could watch the dogs chase around the lion, or see the lion playfully charge at the puppies. Once in a while the lion would become annoyed with the energy of the pups, but it never lasted very long. It was like a big brother and his little siblings play fighting all day long.
Abby was about to get a little too brave. Click ‘Next’!
One thing that the animals didn’t mess with was dinnertime. The dogs were always given kibble for their meals, and Bonedigger was always given slabs of meat for his predatory appetite.
For the most part, the animals were kept separate during this time. The dogs had their own food, and they knew not to mess with the lion and his meals. However, it was Abby who decided to push the boundaries one day and the zookeepers were shocked at what happened.
Was Abby about to ruin her relationship with Bonedigger? Click ‘Next’!
It was a regular day, and it was time for dinner. Bonedigger had just been presented with his delicious steak meal, and he was ready to devour it all to himself. Just as he was about to take a bite, something happened.
Abby hard barked at the lion, trying to get his attention. Like any good friend, the lion walked away from his food to see what was going on. The sneaky pooch stretched out her neck, signaling to the lion that she might have a flea she wanted him to get.
What was Abby up to? No one could believe this! Click ‘Next’!
Bonedigger was a good friend, and he never assumed that Abby would be up to anything suspicious. He approached his friend, ready to help her with whatever she needed.
It was then that Abby struck. She was so much quicker than the lion, and within moments he was sitting in her dust! Abby launched herself towards Bonedigger’s amazing meal, and started to search for the biggest chunk she could take! The lion looked absolutely shocked at what had just happened!
You won’t believe what Bonedigger does! Click ‘Next’!
An Impressive Response
Bonedigger watched as if in awe at what Abby had managed to do. She quickly grabbed a big slab of steak in her mouth, and carried it away to munch on. Bonedigger watched as she tried to pull it apart.
Everyone waited to see what the lion would do about this sneaky act. However, Bonedigger surprised everyone when he simply began walking back to his food to begin his meal. He didn’t even try to get his food back! The two animals enjoyed the rest of their meals in peace.
This was the ultimate sign for the zookeepers. Click ‘Next’!
The zookeepers made it a point to monitor how the animals responded to one another over time. The team was amazed by the fact that Abby’s behaviour started to change the longer she was with Bonedigger!
In response to her new environment, Abby was giving off lion-like tendencies. She had learned these from Bonedigger as she watched him in their enclosure. Most lions and bigger cats would make a puffing sound to create peaceful alliances, and Abby began to demonstrate this sound herself!
There was more to see! This was crazy. Click ‘Next’!
A Big Dog
Similar to Abby, Bonedigger started to give off some dog-like tendencies he had learned from his companion. John explained that when Bonedigger sees him, he now pounces up to him with excitement.
This never would have happened before Abby! Additionally, the lion took on other characteristics of a dog, like laying in John’s lap and enjoying a good mane rub. His mannerisms became more positive and excited, and he was much more playful. These were all wonderful signs that Bonedigger was becoming much more social.
The animals were soon to be separated. You have to click ‘Next’ and see what happens!
Time for a Cleaning
Eventually, the enclosure where the lion and dogs lived had to be manicured. The weeds were getting too long, so the dogs had to be removed from the cage for maintenance.
This was going to be the first time that the lion and dogs were separated since they had been put in the same cage! That was a very long time ago. The zookeepers were intrigued by how Bonedigger would react to this new environment. The dogs were taken out of the cage, and the maintenance began.
What do you think happened? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
A Sad Sound
Bonedigger had no idea what was going on, or where his friends were going. Of course, it was impossible to tell him that his support system would be back in no time at all.
As soon as the animals left the cage, Bonedigger started to pace around his enclosure. The lion immediately began to whine for his friends, looking through the fence and trying to find them. When it was finally time for the dogs to return, the zookeepers couldn’t stop smiling at the lion’s reaction. This moment had made everything worth it.
You have to click ‘Next’! This is the best part!
As soon as the cleaning was done, the zookeepers wasted no time putting the dogs back into the enclosure. Just like a goofy dog, the lion barreled towards the dogs with excitement in his eyes.
The team of zookeepers explained that Bonedigger was incredibly ecstatic to see all the dogs again. He went to each of the pups, as if to count them to make sure they were all back safely. He gave all four of them kisses and cuddles, and the dogs seemed just as happy to be back.
Click ‘Next’! This story just gets better and better!
Over time, Abby and Bonedigger began to display interesting acts of affection. The zookeepers had never seen this before, but they were certain that these were positive acts of love.
Aside from helping one another with fleas and fur cleaning, Abby and Bonedigger also seemed to be helping one another with their dental needs! Most commonly, Abby would be seen using her tongue to clean the lion’s sharp teeth. It was a funny and heartwarming thing to see, and it was a daily occurrence that the lion seemed to love!
Whose bark is whose? Click ‘Next’ for something awesome.
Abby and Bonedigger continued to live together with the other dogs. And yet, there was always a special bond between the feisty leader and her big cat. After a time, Abby would growl like Bonedigger, and vice versa!
This was an incredible thing to hear, considering that dogs and lions have drastically different sounds. Both had managed to mimic the other’s sounds flawlessly, and they often practiced these sounds when warning the other of danger. They also used the matching sounds to communicate together!
Things were really looking up for the king of the jungle. Click ‘Next’!
Bonedigger and his furry friends have been together for quite some time now. The friendly lion is now nine years old, and he had flourished while living amongst the life-loving pooches.
Nowadays, Bonedigger does not eve act as though he has a disability. He is a confident lion, who is more than happy with his surroundings and friends. So many people come to the zoo to see this unlikely bond, and they can never tell that the lion even has any sort of illness!
This was a huge win for the zoo. Click ‘Next’!
Abby and Bonedigger’s story had become an inspiration to the zookeepers at Wynnewood Park, as well as to other zoos. Their bond helped to save an isolated animal from a sad and lonely life.
The inspiring story between the lion and dog helped to open up the options that abandoned and badly-tempered animals had. While not every story would work out like this one, animal rescue centers were now much more aware of the possibilities with cross-species bonding. Bonedigger and Abby had changed things for the better.
Click ‘Next’ for a very happy ending.
The team at Wynnewood Park would never have to worry about Bonedigger again. He and his rambunctious friends were now going to live out their lives enjoying each other’s company.
It’s just another amazing story that reiterates what we already knew: the animal kingdom will never fail to surprise us. We can learn so much from the animals around us, if we only watch patiently and give them a chance to show us. For one lion and his puppy pack, this fact was certain.