Animal Odd Couples
Meet the Odd Couples

1. Anthony and Riley

Riley (coyote) plays with Anthony (lion).

Riley (coyote) plays with Anthony (lion).

Anthony (lion) looks after Riley (coyote).

Anthony (lion) looks after Riley (coyote).

Anthony (lion) sleeps while Riley (coyote) stands guard.

Anthony (lion) sleeps while Riley (coyote) stands guard.

Anthony was brought to “Keepers of the Wild” animal sanctuary as a sick cub after being auctioned off in Virginia, and Riley was rescued by Arizona game and fish. Both were just over one month old when they met. Coyotes and lions are social animals, and Riley and Anthony grew quite fond of one another almost immediately.

2. Kate and Pip

Pip (doe) often visits Kate, her surrogate Great Dane mother for quality time.

Pip (doe) often visits Kate, her surrogate Great Dane mother for quality time.

Pip (doe) and Kate, her surrogate Great Dane mother, showing some love.

Pip (doe) and Kate, her surrogate Great Dane mother, showing some love.

Pip and Kate love to cuddle.

Pip and Kate love to cuddle.

After photographer Isobel Springett, took in an abandoned fawn, it was almost immediately adopted by Springett’s Great Dane, Kate. Pip clearly feels very strongly for her canine caretaker, and even though Pip joined a herd, she still finds time to spend with Kate.

3. Kasi and Mtani

Kasi (cheetah) and Mtani (dog), have been best friends since they were little tykes.

Kasi (cheetah) and Mtani (dog), have been best friends since they were little tykes.

Kasi and Mtani still haven't noticed that they are a tad different.

Kasi and Mtani still haven't noticed that they are a tad different.

Kasi, cheetah and Mtani, dog, Animal Odd Couples, PBS Nature

Kasi, cheetah and Mtani, dog, Animal Odd Couples, PBS Nature

Mtani the retriever and Kasi the cheetah met over one year ago at Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida. Both animals were only a few months old when they were introduced. The unlikely couple spent their earliest days together, discovering how to communicate and play with one another.

4. Tortoise and Goose

Tortoise and Goose, these two are inseparable.

Tortoise and Goose, these two are inseparable.

A 45-year-old female Aldabra tortoise seems to have formed an alliance with a male Brant goose, and the two are inseparable. The goose follows the tortoise everywhere, quacking at anyone who gets too close. Brant geese mate for life, and it seems that this friendship is in for the long haul.

5. Amy and Ransom

Amy (Sitka deer) and Ransom (golden retriever) share a few Eskimo kisses.

Amy (Sitka deer) and Ransom (golden retriever) share a few Eskimo kisses.

Amy, a sixteen year old Sitka deer, met Ransom the golden retriever puppy when he was just 6 weeks old. Amy, whom served as a surrogate mother to hundreds of young deer, immediately took to adopting Ransom as her own.

6. Charlie and Jack

Jack (the goat) and Charlie (the horse), go for a stroll. Charlie is blind, so Jack helps him get around.

Jack (the goat) and Charlie (the horse), go for a stroll. Charlie is blind, so Jack helps him get around.

Jack, a 16-year-old goat, formed an touching relationship with Charlie, a blind 40-year-old horse. Jack essentially became Charlie’s eyes, and would lead him around the ranch property where they both lived.

  • Brian Burrough

    I really enjoyed the show. It proves other species can be friends with each other. I always enjoy a good show from this PBS station.

  • Laurie Shaw

    What a joy to watch.,unconditional love. Thank you Nature and PBS

  • Christine

    What afine and endearing piece of work! PBS and the photographers, preserves, etc. accomplished much and I just happened to hear about it this (snowy) evening.

  • darci mabe

    Please create a children’s book and funds go to jack and Charles refuge..I loved this precious story

  • Jesse Turner

    This is the most remarkable episode I have ever seen !!! Is thers any way I can get a copy of this ? Keep up the goob work. ( Animal Odd Couples )

  • Helen

    What a wonderful program! Thank you to everyone responsible for bringing this story to PBS. I Loved it!

  • Dudley Cook

    These are wonderful scenes for our factious world to ponder! Does everyone realize that these scenes show real live examples of what God promises is going to take place when the time arrives for his kingdom to begin his rule of the earth ? ( See Isaiah 11:1-9 [and there are many more Bible refs on this subject].)

    My cable system failed at mid-point (current storm effect ? :( I came here hoping the whole video could be viewed…thanks for the short clips, anyway :).

  • Willa Jane

    Such a beautiful and touching PBS show! I too would love a copy, and also wondering when this will be on again. I would love to tell my friends and family, so they too can enjoy this. If only more people could be as kind as these loving animals!

  • carol kiefer

    Thank you for the beautiful program showing the power of animal intelligence and affection. We can learn from them!

  • pamela alcid

    an AMAzing show, beautiful and touching — a must-see for every single person, moreover those who think humans are the only sentient beings who matter. it further strengthens my resolve to become vegan.

  • Michelle C.

    This was such a great show! Just beautiful!

  • Tim

    The Animal odd couples show touched me at a deep level. Anthony and Riley’s bond was so full of joy, playfulness, and unconditional acceptance. The story of Jack the goat and Charlie the blind horse was very powerful to me. It brought me tears of joy and a sense of what true selfless dedication amd accepting kindness is really all about.

  • Paula Kasperson

    “Animal Odd Couples”: Absolutely fantastic! Please bring us more.

  • Howard

    I think us humans can learn a thing or two from videos like these. I too would love to get a copy of the special. Words can’t describe the feeling when I saw the part about Jack and Charlie!

  • Rani

    This was a beautiful show, thank you for doing it. I loved each animal friendship, and especially Jack and Charlie’s story. What could be better. I hope the show encourages people to see animals for the whole beings they are, with emotions.

  • Bunny

    These are awesome thank you xxoo

  • Amber

    Really enjoyed the show! Hope it becomes a series! :) My Dogs and I watched the whole thing together on the couch!

  • Grace

    Hi Dudley Cook. You CAN watch the Entire Episode online. Look at the top of the page on the right and click on the “Full Episode” link.

    Great show. Touched my heart. Especially loved the Jack/Charlie story and the deer/blind (not blind!) dog.
    The monkey jumping on the dogs back and the dog just trotting away made me Laugh!

  • Jenn

    You can find your local listings here to find out when it airs again. You just have to input your location info..

  • Catherine H

    What a magnificent film! These stories touched my heart so deeply, PBS has done yet another amazing job, showing us the beauty and wonders of nature. SO far I have watched all 3 airings and on video replay– I can’t get enough! WHY? Those animals that make each other feel good make ME feel good. It really is that simple. Humans have SO MUCH to learn from animals. PBS should get an Emmy for this one–and a HUGE show of gratitude for all of the folks raising the animals and being kind enough to share their incredible stories ( and pictures + videos).

  • Lori Stevens

    I absolutely love these stories. Fabulous idea for a show. You read of these types of stories but rarely get to see extended video of their interactions which to me is the most rewarding part of the story. Thank you PBS.

  • David B.

    It was one of the most beautiful PBS programs I have ever seen. I was very moved by the kindness and thoughtfulness of the animals profiled, but also that of their keepers. Thank you.

  • Christina

    Beautiful and touching show. Brought tears (of happiness) to my eyes. Amazing job pbs!

  • Mary Sullivan

    To bad the DMS and the RNC can’t see there diffrences like these odd couples of animals do. I think we can all learn something from the animals. They act better then us humans do.

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  • Actin Miller

    So adorable! I watched this with my two girls and we loved it. Love all the nature shows, but this was by far the best. Great job.

  • Rose McCormick

    I have watch many Natu/re program over the years and this program touch my heart very deeply. We believe as humans we have the corner market on feelings and how/who to express them with. Animals have SO MUCH to teach us if only we would take the time to watch, listen, and learn. Jack and Charlie’s relationship brought tears to my eyes. The love and most of all the trust between them was so touching. I wish to thank all those in who’s work made this program possible. I also thank all those who open their hearts and homes to care for those who end up with no where to go. Thank you!!!

  • Robin Nelson

    This was one of the most unique programs I have seen. My family and I enjoyed it so much. The story of Jack and Charlie was very special but left us wondering if Jack is still alive. Please find a way to let us know how he is. Thank you!!!!

  • Cassie K

    Thank you PBS for these programs. Hearty thanks to the folks who care for these animals! May God bless you !

  • Erich Bender

    I was okay until the Charlie story, then I cried. I will never think of them as “dumb” animals any longer……….

  • Lisa B

    LOVE IT! What great displays of affection and bonding friendship between a variety of species. Kudos to PBS and its photographers for producing this series. Also, thanks to the people who originally observed these interactions between the animals and let PBS and the rest of us in on the fun!

  • Martha E

    I had this episode of Nature turned on. My cat Vigo sat up, alert and watched the whole thing, so I watched with him. He usually completely ignores the television. He really liked the cheetah, I think – but it speaks to the fact this program itself can communicate to more than one species!

  • Pat Carnohan

    I thoroughly enjoy this series. I have my own odd-couple friend, Princess Sunshine, sun Conure parrot, who loves me and I love her. Unfortunately, I was put into an Ass’t living home, where pets are not allowed, so I am devastated. I would be happy here if only I could have my little Sunshine with me!

  • Jean C

    This has been one of the best programs on PBS. I enjoyed all of the stories, especially the story of Jack the goat and Charlie the horse. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I saw it over the past week. Please – more stories like these! Thank you PBS!

  • Christine Alessio

    Will show thise videos to my Kindergarten class of Valentines Day. Wish the videos were longer!

  • Ted Liebert

    Isa 11:6-9
    6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
    the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.
    7 The cow will feed with the bear,
    their young will lie down together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
    8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
    the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
    9 They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
    for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

  • Lucinda Lace

    Wish these videos were shown more often on national tv. They are such good examples!!

  • Shannon

    Sadly, Anthony (lion) passed away, just days before his 2nd birthday. This was a direct result of inbreeding. He was born with abnormalities that ultimately caused his death, not to mention, suffering preceding… Please, let’s all do everything in our power to see to it humans stop buying and breeding exotic animals. So wonderful non-profit facilities, such as Keepers of the Wild,

  • Shannon

    will no longer be necessary due to ppl who think that a lion cub is cute, and want one for a pet… Now Riley (coyote) has lost her best friend. Spread the word, and donate to these organizations.

  • Laurie Yair

    I find these stories about the animal couples along with pictures more fun than just seeing odd animal pairs.

  • catherine c

    Better months later than never….This is for Pat Carnohan: I am sorry you are bereft of your loving
    creatures now that you are in assisted living. Do your staff know that animals and birds are essential to
    a lonely human being… that petting them brings down high blood pressure, that there is something to
    love and nurture waken and go to sleep to…. I say the place where you live is insensitive and
    downright indifferent on a basic level to their residents. There are therapy dogs now in hospitals
    across the country and the good that they do just being dogs is immense. I have my cat Bibi. She is a
    Rag Doll and very puffed with white fur. I love her. And in fact she and I are true companions. I can’t
    think about when I will part from her or she from me. It truly breaks my heart. Have your family, if you
    have one who will listen to you begin a search for assisted living that allows small animals and
    birds. Here, where I live in senior housing, there are five us us who have cats, one has a bird and the
    other has a Chi chi dog, very small… It can be done. I wish you well. Catherine in Ann Arbor, MI

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