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Rat & Dog, Hamster & Snake - Unlikely Animal Best Friends!

A dog and a rat best friends? How about a cockatoo and a cat?

Videos of unlikely animal buddies are rampant on YouTube. One shows a snake and a hamster co-existing peacefully and has nearly ten million views!

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Cooper, a Coonhound, is especially fond of his housemate, Olivia, a rat. They're featured on Nat Geo Wild's Show Unlikely Animal Friends.

Cooper and Olivia's owner, Chris Durham, was shocked to discover the two would become best friends.

Durham told INSIDE EDITION, "It was a bit of a surprise mostly because he's a hunting dog and she's food, but they just took to each other and I really think they're so happy with each other."

So, why don't Cooper's hunting instincts take over?

One animal expert says, "They're in captivity, so their food needs are met. So, the whole pressure for them to go out and get a meal is gone and that allows them to see animals that they would normally see as prey or as predators – it kind of takes that element out."

Cooper and Olivia even play hide-and-seek together. And, the video shows Olivia's resting spot underneath Cooper while he chews on his bone.

People just can't get enough of these unlikely animal friends.

One video shows a cat grooming its bunny-friend. Another shows a puppy hitching a ride on a tortoise's back – probably not the fastest way to get around.

Then, there's Ben, a Labrador Retriever, who's found an unlikely pal in Doogie the Dolphin. The two play together for hours at a time!

Durham told INSIDE EDITION, "If you put animals in an environment with love and trust I think it brings out the best in them. And, I guess, it might be a good lesson for all of us to see. Because, I think we can all work a little better at getting along."

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Dog Poppy and meerkat Timon in the bath at their home on July 14, 2011 in Dronfield, England. This meerkat and dog have been inseparable ever since four-year-old Timon was sent packing by his meerkat mob. The friendly animal found comfort in the arms of owner John Bent's dog, Poppy, and the unlikely pair have formed a mob of their own - which includes John, his wife, Sally, and their two children. You wouldn't expect a meerkat to be friends with a dog, explained hospice service manager Sally. They tend to stick very much to their own kind. The couple, from Dronfield in Derbyshire, has a collection of exotic critters, which started with a pair of skunks three years ago. Since then their menagerie has grown to include meerkats, raccoons, coatis and kinkajous. However, it is the relationship between six-year-old Chihuahua-Maltese Terrier cross Poppy and Timon, which is most surprising. The are inseparable, said John, who owns a surface coating company. Timon came into the house and instantly struck up a relationship with Poppy, who is just about as small a dog as you can get. Now they do everything together. They go for walks together and play together until they fall asleep on the sofa together. (Photo by Nick Obank / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Shere Khan the tiger, Leo the lion and Baloo the bear play outside at the Noah Ark Rehabilitation Centre in LOCUST GROVE, GA. Known as the BLT, or Bear, Lion and Tiger, these most unusual and unlikely animal friends are having to go on a diet after being spoilt too much. For not only do Baloo the bear, Leo the Lion, and Shere Khan the tiger have an unnatural bond, they also have a remarkable appetite too. Devouring almost 100 pounds worth of meat and vegetables a week between them, the rescued big beasts had developed something of an obesity problem. Staff at Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Centre in the state of LOCUST GROVE, GA, decided to stop indulging their favoured guests and to put them on a diet after they each gained 100lbs. (Photo by Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK, AK - UNDATED: ***EXCLUSIVE***A female coastal brown bear and one-year old grey wolf relax together after fishing for salmon at the Hallo Bay estuary in the Katmai National Park, Alaska. In the seemingly most unlikely animal partnership ever this wild brown bear and grey wolf look just like they are fishing buddies. Showing a heartwarming moment when the pair - both wild -decided to forget their differences, the bizarre duo took an end-of-day break together just three feet apart. Both had spent hours trying to land a big catch during the first day of the annual salmon run in the remote Alaskan wilderness at Hallo Bay estuary, Katmai National Park. The pair - a 700lb female bear and one-year-old wolf - were both spotted by photographer Chris Dodds, 42, from Franklin Centre, Canada. He said: 'They were just three feet apart and they didn't seem the slightest bit worried about each other. It was very unusual. They looked just like a pair of fishing buddies and stayed together like that for at least two hours.' (Photo by Christopher Dodds / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
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