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Hee-haw! At zoo, donkey pals calm restless rhino

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:22 a.m. CST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Animals in the zoo in Georgia’s capital are not allowed to be lonely, even if it means they end up with rather unusual companions.

A female rhinoceros called Manuela has made friends with donkeys, after failing to hit it off with either zebras or goats, while a lion cub neglected by his mother has bonded with a puppy.

Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze said Manuela got depressed after the death of her mate and became aggressive toward her caretakers. The donkeys had an instant calming effect.