Do you have an idea how a pig and a tortoise bond as best friends?
Yes, this is an intimate friendship between a pot-bellied mammal and a hard-shelled reptile. A most unlikely couple.
But Cleveland the pig and Marion the African Sulcata Tortoise are spending the best times of their lives together.
Marion was just a baby tortoise when her owner, to whom she has developed a deep attachment, adopted her.
Meanwhile, Cleveland came to his owner’s life an injured pig. He was found in downtown Cleveland with infected skin, and he was looking very sick. His owner, who already has two pigs, decided to take care of him. With the help of a friend, they took Cleveland to the basement, where he would undergo treatment.
The first time Marion and Cleveland met? Well, the tortoise was frightening to the two other pigs. But not to Cleveland. He sniffed her, observed her, and let her do her thing, like walking under his belly.
From that day on, they started sharing their lives together like real best friends. When Marion is snacking on strawberries, Cleveland will happily join in.
When Cleveland is taking a bath at the pool, Marion is not very far behind. She enjoys the water while Cleveland makes bubbles. Then, they often take a walk together in the backyard, tasting the varied vegetation that tempts both of them.
And would you believe that they are also fond of sleeping together? Yes, the hard shell does not bother Cleveland, and Marion is not disturbed by his wiry hair at all.
Having these two best friends in the house fills their owner with joy that overflows!
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