Needless to say, a jaguar is not a pet. But it is true that many of these beautiful animals need the help of rescuers to survive, especially if they lose their mothers when they are just babies.
The jaguar is the only one of the five current species of this genus found in the Americas. It is also the largest felid in the Americas and the third largest in the world, after the tiger (Panthera tigris) and the lion (Panthera leo).
The encounter between a jaguar and a defenseless puppy is giving a lot to talk about in the networks.
This was the case of a huge jaguar named Jag. The rescuers of Akwaaba Lodge, in South Africa, found him when he was just a couple of days old.
The poor feline was all alone and clearly needed protection.
The jaguar is a solitary animal, usually the adults only meet for courtship and mating.
In the world, it is only surpassed in size by two of its relatives: tigers and lions.
Luckily, this organization specializes in wild animals and had everything they needed to give Jag the care he so desperately needed.
Contrary to their expectations, the beautiful feline turned out to be very sociable and friendly.
Anecdotal cases of socialization have been noted.
He would show his rescuers how happy and grateful he was. Jag forged a very special relationship with his human and when he was tiny he even slept in the same bed with her to wake her up every so often and ask for a well-deserved bottle.
Their roar often resembles a repetitive cough; they can also vocalize meowing and growling sounds.
She gave him all the love in the world but knew that the time was approaching when Jag would grow up and must begin living in the larger enclosures of the sanctuary.
What worried her most was knowing that the sweet feline was very social and she didn’t want to leave him there all alone.
Being a strict carnivore, he is a solitary and opportunistic hunter and his diet encompasses over 80 different species.
That’s when he came up with the idea of introducing him to his puppy: Bullet.
This sweet little furry fellow was also very friendly and despite his innate hunting nature, the rescuer imagined that they could become great friends.
He prefers large prey, such as tapirs, peccaries and deer, but he also hunts caimans and anacondas and does not rule out feeding on frogs, birds or fish.
The result was much better than they had expected. After only a couple of hours, Jag seemed like Bullet’s best friend.
They could spend the whole day playing and running around the sanctuary.
In some areas of their natural habitat, some jaguars may specialize in capturing domestic animals.
The jaguar enjoyed his cub years with the best possible friend, but as he continued to grow the rescuers feared that the feline would come to harm him.
When the time came, they tried to start separating them, but the result left them in shock.
Jag cried non-stop every time they tried to separate him from Bullet. The poor feline felt very lonely and did nothing but squeal and lay there waiting for his sweet friend. But to his amazement, the little dog was not far behind.
Watch in this video the interaction of the unlikely friends that impresses so many:
They struggled to keep him away but he would escape whenever he could to return to the jaguar and continue their long play sessions.
There was no choice but to resign themselves: Bullet and Jag were destined to be great friends and share as much as possible.
Despite his enormous size, Jag always treats his good friend Bullet with great delicacy, and the furry little fellow seems to be the leader of this curious friendship that has puzzled and charmed so many people.