Humphrey the hippopotamus was a house pet that became too large and was moved to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa, where he was safe but lonely — until a Cameroon Pygmy Mountain Goat climbed the fence into Humphrey’s enclosure and befriended him.
Koko the gorilla, now 46 years old, is famous for having learned to communicate by sign-language. Koko’s two favorite books are about cats. For her birthday in 1984, Koko made signs to her human teacher that she wanted a kitten. Koko got her birthday wish: she chose a kitten from an abandoned litter and named him “All Ball”, and cared for the kitten with great tenderness.
A lioness abandoned by her pack adopted a baby impala after killing its mother. Several times, she tried to leave the baby in the company of other impalas, but ended up taking the baby back when the frightened adult impalas ran away.
A stray cat adopted by a family grew fond of their elderly dog. Realizing the dog was blind, the cat took on the responsibility of being the dog’s guide cat, leading him to his water, food, shade, and toys.
A photographer witnessed a wild polar bear coming upon a team of tethered sled dogs in the wilderness of Canada’s Hudson Bay. Instead of devouring the dogs, the bear cuddled and played with the dogs, returning every night that week.
Truly, as St. Bonaventure said, these are creatures without sin.