These little Nyala and Warthog orphans were recently introduced to each other. At first they were wary of each other but in no time they have become best friends. They move around their enclosure in close proximity as they find comfort in each other presence.
This is not an unnatural or odd relationship. In the wild, Nyala and Warthogs form mutual relationships. Mutualism in nature is when two species form a relationship that benefits both species. In nature, Nyala (or other antelope species) and Warthogs are often seen in close proximity to each other and rely on each others senses and alarm calls to evade predators.
These two young animals find security and comfort in each others company which forms a strong bond between them. When released back into the wild they will both stand a higher chance of survival as they have learnt about the mutual benefits of having a friend.
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