An African spurred tortoise called Leonardo was rescued in 2013 from a zoo in Bangkok when it closed. Simon arrived at the WFFT Rescue Center in February 2016 after a serious leg injury, losing part of his hind leg when it got caught in some vines while he was grazing with his mom. The WFFT Vet Team then created a prosthetic leg for Simon to help him walk.
“We decided to house him temporarily in a large open field enclosure within the WFFT Rescue Center where he could recover from his ordeal,” WFFT wrote. “We had then planned to move him into a field where we house two other rescued cows.”
Leonardo happened to be in the field Simon was recovering. When the calf and the giant tortoise met each other in the field, they became friends! “To the surprise of us all Simon the cow has formed a strong bond with the large tortoise Leonardo,” WFFT wrote. “They are often seen following each other around, sharing meals and resting together. We hope this unusual friendship continues to flourish.”
According to staff, the two are inseparable. Proof positive that animals communicate and bond not only with humans but also with what we might consider to be the most unlikely species.
More info: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand