An 800 pound Asiatic bear reacts surprisingly to a kitty at the door of her enclosure.
The range of wild Asiatic bears spans from the mountains of Pakistan across through China and Siberia all the way to Japan. They are omnivores, eating both plants and smaller animals. Known to be more aggressive towards humans than American black bears.
Animals residing in Zoos repute to be grumpy, short-tempered therefore sometimes more aggressive. That is why the zoo keepers at this Berlin zoo were surprised by what happened when this small animal approached this large bear.
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Mäuschen, an 800 pound Asiatic bear, and her adorable house cat friend, Muschi met in 2000 at the Berlin Zoo bear enclosure. Instead of harming the little kitty, Mäuschen was thrilled to have a new friend.
The two quickly became inseparable as Mäuschen the bear protected the cat from other bears.
In 2007, Muschi and Mäuschen were kept apart while the bear’s enclosure was expanded. Muschi was so upset that she would sit outside of her friend’s temporary cage and cry.
When they were reunited, they greeted each other with hugs and lots of love.
Like most friends they eat, sleep, and sunbath together!
It’s incredible to witness just how two completely different creatures can make such a connection. Mäuschen and Muschi are best friends for life.
Follow Up – Mäuschen and Muschi were best friends for 10 years. Mäuschen lived to 42 years old sharing the last 10 years in an interspecies relationship with a domestic cat. Muschi mourns as the zoo decides to rehome her with another zoo animal or patron adoption.