The best kind of friendship is the kind were the two individuals are nothing alike. They both come with their set ideas, personalities, and experiences. It forces folks to look at life from the other’s perspective. Hopefully, resulting in a world free of judgement and preconceived notions. Perhaps, the secret lies in watching and learning from the animal world. Rather than focus on differences, these creatures pay attention to the joy their friendship gives them.The young feline used to spend his time prowling around his owner’s, Amanda Whitlock, house in Waitotara, New Zealand. Steve is not the only animal Amanda takes care of. During the colder months, she let her lambs into her home for a few nights.
Now, the lonely indoor cat was not alone anymore. He had found his own squad and as a result, Amanda and her partner, Ben Aiken, realized that he was spending less time inside the house.
“He’d just sort of get used to them and spend time with them inside and then the lambs move outside and we started noticing Steve wasn’t inside any more and we’re like ‘where’s Steve?,'” Amanda recalls. “So we’d have a look out the window and he was just out there interacting with them.”
“He’ll just be walking around the yard and they’ll be following him. Or he’ll be playing in the bushes and they’ll be inquisitive, looking to see what he’s doing and following him through the bushes,” Amanda says.
Steve is also known to love to cuddle with his woolly friends. Sometimes one of the ten dogs in the farm also joins in for a much deserved siesta.
While playing in the garden, the lambs chew on plants and tree branches. But when it’s time for dinner, the lambs race off to suckle on the bottles of milk, leaving their feline all alone.
“It’s gone pretty viral on the internet. It made the front page of the Wanganui Chronicle and shared hundreds of times since then and 1000s of likes,” Amanda says proudly.