When Milo the Dachshund and his pups first encountered Bonedigger the lion, they were little.
Because Bonedigger was just a 4-week-old cub, his doggy siblings saw him as an enormous puppy and started playing with him.
The pups soon recognized that Bonedigger had been severely crippled (due to a metabolic bone disease). They were sympathetic to his situation and always made him feel comfortable. Milo, on the other hand, went out of his way to defend his lion pal.
Milo and Bonedigger became the best of friends throughout the years. They shared a home at the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, where they were cared for by a dedicated staff.
Many bystanders were concerned about Milo and his siblings’ safety over time. They thought that Bonedigger would show his predatory tendencies sooner or later and try to hurt the little dogs.
However, Bonedigger exceeded all expectations and showed that he would always be a pleasant presence in the Dachshund family. Nowadays, the mixed family is often seen eating, hugging, or playing together. Bonedigger is content to let his canine pals lay on top of him anytime they want. Milo, on the other hand, likes to pretend to be the lion’s personal dentist by giving him “kisses” while pretending to check his teeth.
According to the sanctuary staff, Bonedigger becomes quite agitated if any of his Dachshunds go missing from his yard. Bonedigger, now that he is bigger and stronger, adores and defends the young canine family from danger. This unusual bond demonstrates that the animal world is full of the purest of spirits!