Santos the Ocelot Kitten Met His Best Friend, Blakely the Dog, at the Zoo [Gallery]

This is how true friendship looks like.

  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Photo: Cincinnati ZooPhoto: Cincinnati Zoo

Meet Santos: an 11-week-old ocelot kitten that was born at the Cincinnati Zoo. He has best friend, Blakely, а dog at the institution’s nursery. The two like playing with each other all day long, exercising indoors during Ohio’s cold winter months.

The baby beast has sizes of an adult cat, but it’s expected to grow up quite big with weigh between 17 and 24 pounds. Santos has been living in the zoo’s nursery after he was born in the very beginning of November as his mother didn’t produce enough milk to feed the newborn.

The cat is the smallest and the newest member of the zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program, which was created to help leash-trained predatory cats educate visitors about animal conservation through up-close encounters.

Santos is not the only cute adorable creature that everybody like. Wildlife documentary film-maker, Paul Williams, nursed the orphaned baby palm squirrel that was separated from its mom like the baby ocelot.

Mr Williams was in Sri Lanka’s Wilpattu National Park filming leopards and ancient temples for a BBC documentary when he found Rob in a car park at night.

“I thought he was dead until I noticed a little twitch. I scooped up his weak, cold body and warmed him in my hands,” he said.

“My first thought was to try and put him back with his parents in the nest, so I put him into a safe spot as high as I could in the tree that I guessed he had fallen from. I covered him in a layer of tissue to help him keep warm. I hoped his mum would be looking for him and would hear him squeaking. “

Williams and his crew were unable to find any signs of other palm squirrels in the area, even with their thermal camera, so he decided to take the squirrel into his care. Williams wrote that he had experience at wildlife rescue centers and read up on squirrel care. “I knew the commitment that I was making.”

Williams named the squirrel “Rob,” according to Mother Nature Network, feeding and caring for the infant like his own.

Baby palm squirrels feed from their mothers for up to 10 weeks, which is probably why Rob has been so trusting of the film crew, which provides him with food and cozy places to sleep.

He cared for Rob for two weeks, feeding him and carrying him in his shirt pocket before releasing him. Williams was returning home to the U.K. and knew he couldn’t bring him along.

“My aim was to fatten him up, get him strong and then find a solution for releasing him. I can’t bring him home, as much as I’d love to try. I understand that squirrels don’t make the best of pets so it would be best to be able to reintroduce him to the wild.”

The pair spend a lot of time together, with Rob doing disgustingly cute things, like napping in tea cups, falling asleep in shirt pockets and climbing his new parent like the squirrel that he is.

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