We’ve seen cats palling out with everything from goats and pigs to canines and ponies, but this one’s a first for us.
Eight years ago, Muschi the cat struck up a friendship with an unlikely species: a 40-year-old Asian bear named Maueschen. The two, who met at the Berlin Zoo, can’t bear to be apart – a fact proven to zookeepers when Muschi (pussy in German) and Maueschen (German for little mouse) were separated, and missed one another so dearly that a reunion was necessary.
The separation took place last October, when Maueschen was placed in a cage during an expansion of her enclosure. During the period, Muschi took up watch outside of Maueschen’s cage, which didn’t go unnoticed by zookeepers, who finally allowed the feline a face-to-face with her furry friend.
“They greeted each other and had a cuddle and now they’re happy,” Heiner Kloes, member of the Berlin Zoo’s management board told The Daily Mail. “The cat has a real fan club, mostly among our older, regular visitors.”
While Maueschen’s origins are well-known amongst zoo staff, where Muschi comes from remains a total mystery.
“She appeared from nowhere in 2000 and we decided to leave them together because they got on so well,” said Mr. Kloes. “They sunbathed together and shared meals of raw meat, dead mice, fruit and bread.”
Maueschen’s new enclosure is expected to be complete and open in the spring; until then, the odd couple is content cohabiting in their current digs – all is perfect as long as they’re together.