These unusual animal friends really do adore each other – despite one of them being a skunk.
The mountain lion cubs and baby skunk have struck up an out-of-the-ordinary friendship despite being enemies in the wild.
Peanut the skunk and Annabelle and Lester the lion cubs were brought together after Peanut was found orphaned in Northern Ontario, Canada.
Furry friends: The baby mountain lion cubs and baby skunk have struck up an out-of-the-ordinary friendship despite being enemies in the wild
At just six weeks old, the decision was made to let the youngsters play together at Animals of Montana where the lion cubs were being bred in captivity.
Photographer and wildlife enthusiast Don Johnston, 61, took these adorable pictures of new friends playing together.
He said: ‘The cubs were only a few weeks old about the same as the skunk and the cubs were still nursing with their den mother.
‘The skunks were being bottle fed a milk formula. Once weaned skunks have an omnivorous diet.
‘At that age the skunk’s scent glands are not developed so there was no worry about accidental spraying.
‘It was funny to see them playing together, I’m not sure it would be the same when they get older.’
Friendly: Lion cubs Annabelle and Lester took baby Peanut in as one of their own when the skunk was orphaned at six weeks old
Unusual: The youngsters were allowed to play together at Animals of Montana where the lion cubs were being bred in captivity