Twitter user Tim Beshara of Tasmania posted this photo by Gillian Abbot, a wildlife caretaker. It shows Doodlebug, an orphaned kangaroo. He doesn’t have his family anymore, so he hugs his teddy bear. The heartwarming photo was re-tweeted over 3,000 times.
Kevin Richardson is an animal behaviorist who has become famous for getting up close to wild animals, including lions and hyenas. In a viral video, the so-called “lion whisperer” can be seen hugging and cuddling two lions that he rescued as cubs when their mother abandoned them.
The lions are now 10 years old. Despite living in the wild in South Africa for a decade, the animals still responded to Richardson’s voice. He calls their names and they come running to greet him.
In 2007, this photo of a massive Mastiff hugging a baby went viral and became a meme called How to Hug a Baby in 4 Steps.
Jill Harness from Neatorama postedthis picture from the San Diego Zoo and wonders—are they kissing, hugging or shaking hands?
Redditor Burrito_Fiction took this stingray hug picture and calls it “the best picture he will ever take.” Turns out that stingrays at Stingray City, an area off the northern coast of Grand Cayman, are very friendly to tourists.
Elephants require hugging before going to sleep. Scientists have not figured out why the animal craves the act, but say they will sometimes stay awake for hours if a hug is not given. (Source)
Polar bears and wolf dogs form an unusual bond.
Conchita, a seven-month-old Mangabey monkey at the London Zoo, hugs a teddy bear, which is a substitute for its dead mother.
A horse hugs a girl.
Somewhere over the fence there’s always a hug.