Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo and Musk Lorikeet Strike an Unlikely Friendship at Tasmania Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, based in Tasmania, Australia, recently shared an adorable story about the “most unlikely pair” they have at their center. A red-tailed black cockatoo named George has become best friends with a Musk Lorikeet named Raphael.

Bonorong staff posted a photo of George and Raphael on Facebook while giving their followers some details about their story. According to the post, the pair resides in their mixed-species flight aviary known as Arc alongside several other resident birds.

When they first came to Arc, no one expected these two birds to get along so well. However, George and Raphael surprised everyone and developed a tight bond. While no one quite knows what makes them drawn to each other, they have become “inseparable.”

It turns out that they even snooze together and are not particularly interested in hanging out with other birds, even if they belong to their species. Instead, they prefer to showcase their friendship to the human visitors.

“Wherever George goes, Raphael is not far behind him. You’ll often see them sleeping all snuggled up together or loudly chatting with passing guests,” Bonorong’s social media team added. “Keep an eye out for this cheeky duo next time you visit the Sanctuary!”