These two pals make for such an unlikely pair: a huge 500-pound, 7-foot lion and a Dachshund who is probably a hundred times lighter. Yet, the two have been inseparable since the lion was a cub. Bonedigger the lion really dwarfs Milo, his eight-year-old Dachshund pal, but he rarely leaves his side. The two have been living together over the past five years at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Bonedigger was born with a rare metabolic bone disease which has left him slightly crippled and has also struck up a strong bond with zookeeper John Reinke, who has lost both of his legs after a bungee jump accident. When Milo and two other wiener dogs, Bullet and Angel, sensed that Bonedigger was disabled they started to comfort and protect him. Nowadays, Bonedigger and his dog pals cuddle, eat raw meat and play together. Mr. Reinke, who works at the zoo, says:
This friendship between an 11 pound wiener dog and a 500 pound lion is the only of it’s kind in the world ever seen. Milo does his best to copy Bonedigger when the lion tries puffing to communicate with other lions in the park. They used to live with me in the house. I raised them both with bottled formula and raw meat until they grew too big for the house.
Bondigger’s like a dog and when he hasn’t seen me for ages he gets all excited and runs up to me. Tony is perfectly healthy, but is a bit too playful. When Bonedigger senses that I am losing control of the play, he snarls at Tony and you can tell he is being protective and telling him to stop.
This is as incredible as it is heartwarming… (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Bonedigger and Milo are so close that the dog leans in as if he is giving the 500lb lion a kiss.
2. The two have been inseparable over the past five years at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
3. Mr. Reinke, who reared the lion introduced Bonedigger to the dashunds Milo, Bullet and Angel.
4. ‘Milo does his best to copy Bonedigger when the lion tries puffing to communicate with other lions in the park’, says Mr. Reinke.
5. Bonedigger shares a meal with the dogs at Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
6. Bonedigger who weighs 500lbs dwarfs his unlikely friend Milo but the lion treats the dog like one of his own cubs.
7. Mr. Reinke developed his bond with big cats after striking up a friendship with seven-foot lion Bonedigger, pictured.
8. Bonedigger is too big to be kept in Mr. Reinke’s house but is kept in an enclosure at the animal park nearby.
9. Even now that Bonedigger is too big to be kept in his house, the zookeeper says he is never too far away.
10. Mr. Reinke pats Bonedigger on the head in his enclosure with Tony, a tiger he also hand reared in his home.
11. Bonedigger the lion and Tony the tiger play with each other as Mr. Reine looks on. He says Tony is perfectly healthy but a little ‘too playful’.
12. John Reinke feeding Tippy the tiger cub in his home near GW Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.
13. Mr. Reinke holding cubs Tippy and Orlando with spider monkey Ricky perched on his shoulders.
14. Mr. Reinke’s wife Kirsti also helps to raise the tiger cubs and gives a bottle to cub Tippy.
15. Mr. Renke allows the animals into his own home and garden and even lets the small tigers chew on his prosthetic legs.
16. Bringing up the cubs is a family affair as Mr. Reinke’s sons Peyton and Nathan also help out their father.
17. Tiger cub Tippy poses with the Reinke family in the back garden of their home near the animal part in Oklahoma.
18. Tiger cubs Orlando and Tippy play in the sun while their keeper Mr. Reinke and his family keep a watchful eye on them.
And here is the video:
Source: The Mail Online.
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