Unlikely Animal Friends

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Unique animal relationships are sweet and strong.

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Positive Messages

Animals are smart and sensitive; respect and celebrate them.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Humans and animals are dedicated caregivers. 

Violence & Scariness

Bomb sniffing, animal deaths discussed. Dog attack of child briefly shown; wounds visible, although no blood. 

Sexy Stuff

Logos for Safari Park and other wildlife venues.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Unlikely Animal Friends features animals who have bonded with creatures outside their species, including humans. Despite some stories about military trained animals and a brief image of a dog attacking a child (wounds shown; no blood), there's not much to worry about here (unless you're worried about a cute overload!). Logos for Safari Park and other animal venues visible. 

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What's the story?

UNLIKELY ANIMAL FRIENDS is a reality series that follows animals who bond with other species. From a baby cheetah who's purposely bonded with a puppy to give him more confidence to an Airedale terrier who raises guinea pigs as her own, the series shows the unique connections animals are capable of making. Some unlikely relationships between animals and people also are featured. With the help of animal owners, behaviorists, trainers, and wildlife experts, viewers get some insight into the habits of the animals and learn how and why these relationships are formed. 

Is it any good?

The show offers a look at how animals are able to bond with different species thanks to specific circumstances that cause them to become friends and support each other. It also highlights how intelligent and sensitive certain animals are and how these gifts allow them to bond with fellow animals and humans in ways that make their relationship look a lot like a caring friendship. 

It's full of positive messages about animals and wildlife and underscores the many roles animals can play in the lives of humans and other creatures. Animal lovers will thoroughly enjoy it, but even the toughest viewers may have a hard time not smiling at some of what's featured here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animal-themed shows. What kinds of things can you learn from animal shows that can be applied to humans? 

  • Families also can talk about friendship. Do you have a friend who's different from you? Why are you friends? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: November 23, 2012
  • Network: NatGeoWild
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: November 14, 2019

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