Nothing makes this girl happier than a good love story. Fortunately, the animal word delivers with some especially unique and unexpected relationships, starring our adorable furry, feathered, and scaled friends. Below are five of my favorite animal love stories of all time.
My husband and I first found this book in a small independent book store in the French Quarter when visiting New Orleans soon after the Katrina disaster. It is a heartworming tale of unlikely friendship and an inspiration to stick together and savor friendship even in the darkest of times. Learn more at www.twobobbies.com
My second choice is: Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
by Carol Buckley
This book is close to my heart. Carol Buckley, founder of Elephant Aid International, has worked as the CEO of an Elephant Sanctuary in my homestate of Tennessee for the past 15 years. This book was also chosen by the state of Tennessee in 2012 for submission to the National Book Festival in DC.
My third choice has to be: Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
by Craig Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu, and Peter Greste
Owen, a baby hippopotamus, was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami in Kenya. Mzee, a 130 year old tortoise, became his friend and playmate. This remarkable relationship has spurred additional books and kid’s activities. See www.owenandmzee.com for details.
My fourth choice is: Koko’s Kitten
by Francine Patterson, Ronald H. Cohn
Koko was my first introduction to the idea that animals could communicate with us and feel compassion and empathy for other living beings. Koko has been featured in a fantastic PBC documentary illustrating her comprehensive grasp of sign language. Additional information about Koko can be found at The Gorilla Foundation. PBS nature also has additional links for more information about Koko, pictures, and a sign language game for children.
My fifth and final choice is: National Geographic’s Mother’s Love: Inspiring True Stories From the Animal Kingdom
This is an amazing and heartwarming collection of intimate portraits of animal mothers loving their babies. As Moms around the world can tell you, sometimes there are just not enough words in any language to express how much we adore our children 🙂
Here’s hoping you spend this day, week, and month embracing your love for one another and all God’s creatures!