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The cat and bear best friends who simply can’t bear to be apart

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Just Fun Cat Information

I ran into this article the other day trying to find some cat supplies
and just wanted to share with my blog visitors. 
It was published by By Debra Killalea on 16th June 2008

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Best friends Muschi, the cat and Maeuschen the bear are so close that
zookeepers in Berlin have had to reunite the pair after they were separated

DEF3832The two lovable chums have become a star attraction
at the zoo since striking up a friendship eight years ago

As far as lifelong friendships go, Muschi thinks her  large and loveable friend Maeuschen is  the cat’s pyjamas.

The feline, which struck up the unlikely friendship with the 40-year-old Asian bear eight years ago, now can’t bear to be apart from her friend.

In fact, the pair are so close that zookeepers at Berlin Zoo had to reunite them after Muschi, or ‘pussy’ in German, pined for Maeuschen – ‘little mouse’ – after they were separated.

The pair were split up last October when the bear was locked in a cage while her living space was enlarged.

The distraught cat soon caught the attention of zoo keepers after she remained sitting outside the bear’s cage pining for her friend.

This week, keepers took the unusual step of  allowing the feline into the cage with her shaggy-haired pal.

‘They greeted each other and had a cuddle and now they’re happy,’ said Heiner Kloes, a member of the zoo’s management board.

‘The cat has a real fan club, mostly among our older, regular visitors.’

But where Muschi, a normal black domestic cat, came from remains a mystery.

‘She appeared from nowhere in 2000 and we decided to leave them together because they got on so well,’ Mr Kloes said.

‘They sunbathed together and shared meals of raw meat, dead mice, fruit and bread.’

The enlarged enclosure will reopen in the spring.

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