Lions, tigers, bears...and a cat.
The Folsom City Zoo is home to a variety of exotic residents. However, the one getting the most attention these days isn't exotic at all. It's a cat.
Little Bear the cat showed up at the zoo several months ago. Zookeepers don't know where she came from. What they do know is that she's decided to stay. And she's chosen an unusual place to call home: the bear exhibit.
Senior Lead Zookeeper Jill Faust says zoo staff first discovered the cat eating the dog food that keepers had scattered for the bears.
"Once we realized she was coming in here on a regular basis, we started putting food out for her in the morning as well."
Little Bear has since made herself right at home. She's also forged an unlikely friendship with a 550-pound bear named Sequoia. According to Faust, Little Bear and Sequoia like to stay pretty close. So close, in fact, that zoo visitors are shocked.
Check out these big-and-Little Bear buddies doing their thing:
"I don't get how that would possibly ever happen," said one young visitor of the unexpected interspecies friendship.
And while it is an unusual pairing, Little Bear and Sequoia, despite their many differences, do have a few things in common. Both older animals, they have a shared appreciation for the shade, and clearly, for each other. What more, really, do you need?
These two are a good reminder that true friendship transcends shapes, sizes...and species.