‘Animal Odd Couples’ Kate And Pip, Great Dane And Deer, Are Unlikely Friends

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Through the examination of instances of cross-species bonding, “Animal Odd Couples,” a new PBS documentary which premiered Wednesday, Nov. 7, explores the possibility that animals can feel complex emotions.

The episode of the popular science series “Nature” taps animal behavior experts, who weigh in with observations about several fascinating relationships. Among those odd couples are Kate and Pip.

Kate, a Great Dane, adopted Pip, a deer, when Pip was abandoned by his mother as a fawn. Since then, the pair has shared a unique relationship, according to Kate’s owner, Isobel Springett.

“When they greet each other, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s not a deer greeting a deer. It’s not a dog greeting a dog. It’s definitely something that they have between the two of them,” Springett told “Nature.”

This footage from the show highlights the unique greetings and affection the pair shows for each other. Fascinating as their relationship may be, it’s incredibly adorable to watch Kate and Pip get along so well.

(via Viral Videos)


6 thoughts on “‘Animal Odd Couples’ Kate And Pip, Great Dane And Deer, Are Unlikely Friends

  1. When we were bringing our daughter her household goods to Kansas, we stopped at a roadside picnic area in Texas, and there was a deer hanging with a black lab. It was so cute, they were a couple! But the deer did try to buck Bulldog!! It was funny!

  2. Saw thru huge window overlooking property 3 deer run past,got up to see what was moving em out,was my 8lb. Siamese cat(aptly named Warchild Tsunami!).I then a few days later saw a fawn resting on lawn at woods edge with mom and my cat do a nose to nose face off,of course I had no camera!I later saw the fawn/mother doe and Warchild all resting together on lawn on a warm day.I always wondered if he weighed even say 40 lbs. what Warchild could do.

  3. I had a Siamese cat that lived outside in his own heated cat house. One day the inside cat was making a fuss at the back porch door. Upon looking out there was the tree squirrel, cat & raven eating out of the cats dish together. The cat & squirrel were so close they would touch noses & the raven was the protector of both! We do not give animals enough credit!

    Maybe it was their way of fighting for Liberty, Freedom, Justice & Truth

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