Green Gift Guide: The Animal Lover

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom

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Unlikely Friendships book cover photo

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Is it a coincidence that Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom came out a year after we did this slideshow? (With the same lead photo as the cover no less!)

Either way, we're suckers for adorable stories of unexpected animal BFFs and even your less wildlife-obsessed friends will find "Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom" utterly engaging.

From a snake and hamster and an elephant and sheep to a monkey and pigeon and a leopard and calf, the book is filled with dozens of charming tales that find natural enemies snuggled up together like the best of friends. Author Jennifer Holland takes each description one step further, explaining how and why the duos have become pals, based on body language and instinct -- all of which will leave you with a similarly new understanding of the animal world. (Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, $14)

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