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Zoologists Are Baffled By These Dachshunds And Their Huge Lion Friend

It’s hard to find a true friend, but once you do, everything changes for the better! This is the story of Bonedigger, the fierce lion, and Milo who is his little Dachshund friend. As strange as this friendship might sound, it’s real and the following pictures are going to amaze you!

25. Bonedigger!

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Bonedigger is a massive 500lbs male lion that no one should ever mess with! However, the huge lion has a soft spot for his friend Milo. Even though the two come from separate worlds, hardship brought them together and now they will not leave each other’s side!

24. Animal Park

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The two unusual best friends live together at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park that is located in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Bonedigger and Milo spent their time playing around the animal park where Mr. Reinke takes cares of their every need! Keep reading because you will be amazed to find out who Mr. Reinke is.

23. Mr. Reinke

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Even though Mr. Reinke is disabled and his life is filled with struggles, he dedicates all his time to taking care of animals. The man loves animals and there’s nothing that can get in his way when it comes to helping them, not even the fact that he can’t rely on his legs as he used to.

22. They Communicate!

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Mr. Reinke says that one of the most jaw-dropping things about seeing Bonedigger and Milo together is that they communicate with each other, or at least they try to. Bonedigger lets out fierce roars and instead of getting scared, Milo huffs and puffs back! Isn’t this amazing?

21. Meal Time

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Bonedigger is always careful around Milo, but Mr. Reinke says that what baffles him the most is the fact that Bonedigger shares his meal with Milo and the other Dachshunds at the animal farm. This is something unusual for a lion, especially one as big as Bonedigger.

20. Unusual Friendship

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Even though their friendship might be unusual, Bonedigger and Milo don’t care! They love spending time together and this is the only thing that matters to them.

19. Something Is Wrong

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While it might seem like Bonedigger and his little Dachshund friend are living their lives to the max, there is something that we didn’t tell you about. The massive lion is disabled and he suffers from a severe illness which will be revealed in the next picture.

18. Metabolic Bone Disease

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The poor lion suffers from a metabolic bone disease that makes him weak. Fortunately, Milo is always by his side to help him or to cheer him up whenever he feels down. Isn’t this what friends are for?

17. Lion Tamer

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If you thought that Bonedigger and Milo’s friendship is strange, then you are not ready to see how close Mr. Reinke gets to Bonedigger! Some might say that Mr. Reinke is a lion tamer after seeing how close he gets to the big lion, but this isn’t the case…

16. Lion Cub

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Mr. Reinke has been hand feeding Bonedigger ever since he was a little cub. The lion cares for the man who takes care of him and he never tries to hurt him. To make things even crazier, Bonedigger listens to Mr. Reinke’s commands! Can you believe how smart Bonedigger is?

15. Meet Tony

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Bonedigger is not the only big cat that lives in Mr. Reinke’s animal farm. Tony is a huge tiger that was brought in ever since he was a little cub, at the same time with Bonedigger. However, Tony is in perfect health and he doesn’t suffer from any life-threatening diseases like Bonedigger does.

14. Big Cats

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From the looks of it, Mr. Reinke has a soft spot for bigs cats! Nonetheless, he is a brave man for dedicating his life to helping animals like lions and tigers and there’s no doubt about that. How many other people do you know that can pet a tiger or lion and still live to tell the story?

13. Bonedigger and Tony

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In an interview, Mr Reinke explained that when Bonedigger and Tony the tiger grew up, he had to take them out as they didn’t fit in his house. And while Tony was in perfect health, he would always listen to the lion. Here’s what he does…

12. The Big Cats

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When the man plays with the big cats, Bonedigger knows the limits, added Mr. Reinke:

“When Bonedigger senses that I am losing control of the play, he snarls at Tony and you can tell he is being protective and telling him to stop.”

11. Just Like a Dog

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Another peculiar trait Bonedigger has learned from Milo is the behavior of a happy puppy, Mr. Reinke explaining that the lion sometimes acts like one: “Bondigger’s like a dog and when he hasn’t seen me for ages he gets all excited and runs up to me.” But that’s not everything to this man’s story!

10. Adorable Cub

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Bonedigger and Tony are the resident big cats around the animal farm where Mr. Reinke works, but the animal farm has recently received a bunch of adorable tiger cubs. This one is called Tippy and he is a sweetheart.

9. Tippy And Orlando

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Tippy didn’t come alone at the animal farm since he is accompanied by his little brother, Orlando. The two make a great team together and Mr. Reinke hopes that they will also befriend Milo the Dachshund like Bonedigger did.

8. Playing With the Cubs

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Raising animals and playing every day with them is what we all dreamed of, and Mr. Reinke is living that dream! He said that the cubs keep him busy “and they need to be entertained every day.” Thankfully, his job has helped him recover after his accident…

7. Therapy With… Wild Cats

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“Bringing up Bonedigger and Tony helped me recover, especially my relationship with Bonedigger,” said John Reinke. But he is not alone in his mission of hand-rearing big cats in need of a foster dad. They also have a mom and many other relatives! Here they are in the next photos.

6. Meet Kristi

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The woman in this picture is Mr. Reinke’s wife, Kristi and he shares the same passion for helping wild animals. There aren’t that many people who are willing to get this close to a tiger and this shows us just how special Mr. Reinke and his wife really are.

5. The Jungle Book

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The only thing that Mr. Reinke and his wife need is a big bear named Baloo and they can recreate the famous animated series The Jungle Book. Nonetheless, can you imagine how awesome it must be to wake up in the morning and go play around with a pair of tiger cubs?

4. The Nephews

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Everyone has that one cool uncle, but Mr. Reinke tops them all! These kids are Mr. Reinke’s nephews and they say that visiting the animal farm and playing with the tigers is their favorite thing to do!

3. The Center Of Attention

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The cool thing about Tippy and his brother Orlando is that they love taking pictures! Most wild animals are afraid of cameras, but not Tippy and Orlando. The two tiger brothers love to be at the center of attention.

2. Big Brother Love

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As you can see in this picture, Tippy is never going to let Orlando forget who is the big brother! Isn’t this how all big brothers are? The two tigers are surely going to have lots of fun together.

1. Having Fun

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Bonedigger and Milo are going to have lots of fun together and Mr. Reinke and his will wife will make sure that they don’t have a worry in the entire world! What did you think of this story? Did you ever expect a massive lion such as Bonedigger would act so gentle with a Dachshund?

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