We've seen friendships between a deer and a dog as well as a lion and a dog. But a man and a pelican?

This has to be a first.

Three months ago Richard Dunn, a dock worker at the Island Moorings Marina in Port Aransas, Texas, saw a pelican with a fishing hook stuck in his breast and wing. So Dunn caught the pelican and removed the hook. Dunn thought that was the end of their relationship.

But the next day, the pelican -- since named Pete -- was back. And ever since that initial meeting, Pete has returned to Dunn's side to accompany him throughout his work day. The two have become so close that when someone asks Dunn about Pete, sometimes Dunn is embarrassed to say he doesn't know where Pete is.

"It makes me feel guilty," Dunn told KIII TV in Texas.

Pete, who won't come close to strangers, even jokes around with Dunn. On occasion, when Dunn tries to feed Pete, the pelican will bite Dunn's hand, roll over and put his wing over his head.

"He's quite the ham sometimes," Dunn said.

KiiiTV3.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

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An adorable rabbit has become a viral sensation after an innovative wheelchair gave her a second chance at life.

Lily, a lionhead bunny, was paralyzed in an accident early in her life. She was brought to the North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary with a broken back, and instead of putting her down, the veterinarians decided to amputate her legs to save them from shriveling.

A special cart, made out of PVC pipe, hobby store wheels and a harness was crafted for Lily. And it has worked wonderfully.

“I think when people see that -- they're amazed," Marilyn Riha-Kourvelas, Lily's new owner, said of her cart. "We just don't see rabbits in carts. We don't see people take the time to do the extra, above and beyond to make sure they have a special life and a wonderful life."

As you can see in the video, the cart allows for almost a full range of motion for Lily.

"[Lily] does like her independence," Riha-Kourvelas said. "So, when she gets down in that cart, she will take off and there's no stopping her."

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Locals in the southern Brazilian coastal city of Balneario Camboriu were quite surprised recently to see a humongous elephant seal emerge from the Atlantic Ocean and stroll around their town.

The 10-foot-long, 1,100 pound animal apparently waddled out of the ocean and headed straight for the town. Th seal even managed to cross a street as spectators looked on in amazement.

Police officers and firefighters had to dump buckets of water on the seal to keep it wet as it leisurely crossed a crowded street.

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Finally, after an hour and a half, the seal turned around and decided its life was better in the water.

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Anyone who has trained a dog has had their struggles.

Maybe your pooch couldn't grasp the concept of "fetch." Maybe you struggled to teach it to sit. Whatever the case, hopefully you had an easier time than this woman did with her puppy.

In the video below, which has nearly half a million views on YouTube, a woman tosses a toy to her puppy in hopes of teaching it to catch. The dog, Pacino, had other thoughts.

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You've got to hand it to Pacino here. If you're going to play the "overwhelmed" card, you might as well go all out. Unfortunately, teaching Pacino how to catch might be a struggle, but this pooch looks like a natural on the stage.

Or maybe Pacino just got this command confused with "play dead."

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If you like stories about different animal species becoming friends, like the one we shared about the dog and deer, you'll love this video out of Australia.

A newborn white lion cub at the Darling Downs Zoo has been hand-raised during the past few months because its mother stopped producing milk. And during this phase the cub, named Kwanza, has become best buds with the zoo's dog, Honey. As you can see in the video below, these two guys simply love spending time together.

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Kwanza and Honey have become a worldwide sensation, and this video has accumulated a quarter of a million views in just a few days.

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We've seen dogs and squirrels do it, so why not pigs?

A video has surfaced that shows a pig riding the waves along with its owner. As you might expect, the little guy doesn't have great balance, and he can only stay on the board for a few seconds. Still, after watching this video you can say you've seen a pig ride a surfboard.

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The surfer says he'll take his pig surfing with him until the sow becomes too big to ride the board. This presents the inevitable question: How big is too big for a pig on a surfboard?

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We know that cats may perceive sight differently than humans, but it is still unclear exactly what and how felines see.

Now, a trending YouTube video that doubles as a fascinating science experiment may give us some clues to the eyesight of cats.

In the clip, a piece of paper with the classic "rotating snake" optical illusion is presented to a feline. Not only does the cat see the illusion, it appears to be quite confused by the paper.

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YouTube user "rasmusab" has taken this experiment to the next level, even creating a Google Doc where people can record how their own cats responded to optical illusions.

Cats aren't the only animals that have the ability to perceive optical illusions. Studies suggest that owls may also be able to see these tricks as well.

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