This Warthog Becoming Friends With A Dog Is The Best Thing That’s Ever Happened

In life, there are these kinds of friends:

These kinds of friends:

And these kinds of friends:

The third variety is clearly superior. It’s science.

These two fuzzy members of the Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage family might be worlds apart in the species department, but they don’t care about any of that garbage. Piggy and Nikita (I’ll let you guess who’s who) met after a woman found the former nugget in a drain with two of his siblings. The mother was nowhere in sight during her first encounter with the piglets, and when she visited them again, she knew that their mom was never coming back.

That’s when the kind folks from Daktari went and picked the warthogs up. Sadly, two of the babies died, but Piggy held on.

Volunteers at the facility were blown away by Piggy’s will to keep going, but he didn’t just have human admirers.

Nikita, a Rottweiler pup, was fascinated by what she probably thought was just a funny-looking dog.

Even though Nikita herself was just a baby, she seemed to take on a maternal role in Piggy’s life.

As Ian Merrifield, co-founder of the bush school, explained to The Dodo, “Their bond grew and eventually, they were inseparable. They started sharing the same bed and same food.”

Merrifield said that the two of them loved nothing more than chasing each other around the property and protecting their respective places on the couch when they were little.

And they did so right up until Piggy was released to a reserve when he was strong enough to live on his own. Everyone who witnessed the growth of their adorable friendship knows that Nikita played a major role in her best friend’s recovery.

Nikita has made some new friends at the school since her buddy left, and Piggy is doing very well on the reserve!

To learn more about the Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage, be sure to visit their website. If you’d like to donate or volunteer, you can learn more here and here, respectively.

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