We felines are very good predators, but we are small animals. That means that when we go up against a large animal like a bear, we typically will become a meal unless we are able to escape. But there is one bear who decided that they would not nom on a feline who wandered nearby. Instead, they befriended the cat and the two are now inseparable.
Mauschen is an 800 pound Asiatic bear. You humans are much bigger than us felines, but even you are defenseless against a large bear like that. In the zoo where Mauschen lives, humans are kept a safe distance away from her because of this.
But that did not stop one black cat from decided that Mauschen could be trusted. This feline, who has been named Muschi, decided to wander into the bear’s enclosure.
Zookeepers were stunned when instead of following her predatory instincts, Mauschen decided that she had found a new friend. Soon, the two became inseparable and spent all day with each other. They decided they liked each other’s company, and enjoyed being with each other.
When the zookeepers expanded Mauschen’s enclosure to give her more room to roam and to play, Mauschen was moved to a temporary space. Muschi was so upset by this that she would sit in front of Mauschen’s temporary space and cry because she could not get near her friend.
After the expansion was complete, the two friends were reunited and they greeted each other with hugs and lots of love. I am not sure I would like to be the recipient of a bear hug, but Muschi certainly was.
Nobody knows where Muschi came from or why Mauschen decided to befriend her instead of giving in to her predatory instincts, but seeing these two unlikely friends makes me very happy. I hope it makes you happy, too!