Here at LittleThings, we’ve witness plenty of sweet, unlikely friendships — from entirely different species and those that have learned to coexist in the same habitat, to animals who have helped look after each other.
One German zoo saw such a tender, unexpected friendship between two of its residents. One of them was a small primate, and the other a tropical reptile.
While it is unclear how they first formed an attachment, one thing is evident — they share a very genuine affection with each other.
Conny Schmidt, the woman who took the photos you’re about to see, spoke to The Daily Mail about the experience she had watching the two friends.
A highly unlikely friendship was made at the Krefeld Zoo in Dusseldorf, Germany. It was between a female white-fronted marmoset and a green iguana. The two of them reportedly share the same cage and living space, in the zoo's "tropical house" section.
Conny Schmidt, 58, of Dusseldorf, Germany, visited the zoo and snapped these beautiful pictures. Apparently, the unlikely friends had been known throughout the city for some time, and have attracted many visitors recently.
Both the monkey and iguana are positioned atop tall trees. There, the monkey often massages her friend, rubbing its forehead and neck with her fingers.
"They seemed to really trust each other. The marmoset was very intrigued, touching the iguana," said Schmidt.
Both animals appear to be very easygoing and gentle. Interestingly enough, there have been other cases in zoos where iguanas and monkeys have befriended each other.