Jaguar pounced on tiny dog and visitors freaked out—but then they realized what was going on

November 29, 2017 11:34 am Last Updated: November 29, 2017 12:21 pm

Did you know that animals can live a full and complex life, just as you do? They grow together as friends, build life-long relationships, and learn the likes and dislikes of each other. Dogs, especially, are known to possess intelligence—even taking on duties from the investigative to therapeutic. Here is a touching story of two distinct animals that grew together despite—one being a wild animal and the other domestic.

It all started when Jag the jaguar was found orphaned in the wild and taken to Akwabaa Lodge in South Africa.

He identified so much with the caretaker that he could go to him for comfort. The caretaker was more of a foster mum to Jag.

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Being new to the Predator Park facility, park rangers figured out that some little company would help Jag adapt quickly to his new environment. Another member of cat family would be appropriate to give him the friend figure that he needed.

But he ended up having a small dog by the name Bullet for a friend. It wouldn’t have been the best choice for him but it was definitely better than being alone.

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Layla the facility owner and Jag’s caretaker knew that the two animals could identify with each other better thus let them live together.

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As time passed by, the two friends got more and more fond of each other and their friendship bond grew stronger by day.

They would stay together, feed together and sleep together like two brothers.

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The visitors could actually panic when they saw Jag jumping on Bullet thinking he had just obtained his prey for the day.

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What they didn’t know was that the two were best of friends. Layla said that at one time they tried to separate Jag and Bullet due to how enormous Jag was becoming thus the need for each of them to stay in his own enclosure.

“It was a disaster.” Layla said, adding that Jag would cry all day and night while Bullet sat stationary at the gate without even moving a whisker away.

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This became so alarming that they had to change their plans. The circumstances forced them to reunite the two friends which allowed them spend more time in the nature preserve lounging and playing harmoniously.

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“The dog is the dominant one,” Layla explained.

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The two buddies learned so much from each other that even when Jag had become too huge and powerful, he knew when to stop playing so he wouldn’t hurt Bullet. Jag had learned that his friend would growl and bark to warn him off.

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Watching them play around, biting each other’s tails and ears made them look like they were meant to be together for the rest of their lives. Sometimes they could run around after each other just for fun. This duo was inseparable. Perhaps Jag thinks Bullet is a dog, or the other way around.

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Watch the two of them together below!