Stray Cat Becomes Best Friends With Bear at Zoo: 'Wherever He Is, She's Not Far Off'
Here's something you wouldn't even see in Winnie the Pooh.
This bear and longtime resident at a California zoo seems to have nothing in common with a small stray cat often spotted scouring the grounds. But their unlikely friendship proves opposites do indeed attract.
According to zookeeper Amy Van Der Molen, who runs the bear exhibit at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, the first time the black cat was spotted was around 7 years ago.
Van Der Molen said she pops up sporadically — every couple of years, she can be seen frequenting the zoo. Then, for a few years, she will disappear.
But, in the last year and a half, it seems the feral cat has found a new home in the arms of the resident bear.
Van Der Molen said Sequoia has been living at the zoo for 18 years, and was moved to the zoo shortly after birth.
They often hide dog food around the pen for the bears to find, but one day, they noticed the mysterious black cat hunt down the treats instead.
"Of course, we felt sorry for her and we started feeding her canned cat food," she said.
Though the feral feline was clearly uninterested in human companionship, she was here to stay — not for the food, but for Sequoia's company.
So, they named her 'Little Bear.'
"Every morning when I come in to check on him, the bear's asleep and she's laying 10 feet next to him," Van Der Molen said. Sometimes, Little Bear may even stretch or rub against a wall next to Sequoia, indicating that she wants a little affection from her newfound friend.
Then, she may wander off from the enclosure, and come back as she pleases.
As for Sequoia, it seems he is also quite fond of his tiny playmate's company.
Van Der Molen recalled the cat sniffing around the bear's food during feeding time. She said the fact that he was willing to let Little Bear have some was indication of his fondness toward her, even though Sequoia seems to be more of the strong and silent type when it comes to their relationship.
She said the zookeepers were never worried about Little Bear's safety. She said the feline can clearly outrun the bear if anything were to happen, but, "animals know if they can or can't get away with something. She's built up this relationship over a period of time," she told InsideEdition.com.
Each day, Little Bear visits for a few hours every day, and the Van Der Molen said the zookeepers hope the pair will keep each other company into their golden years.