Lions, tigers, and…best friends, oh my!

Cameron the lion and Zabu the white tiger first met at a roadside zoo in New England in the early 2000s. Thankfully, the pair was rescued in 2004 by Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. Now, they spend their days being BFFs at the rescue (to the delight of both staff and visitors).

The rescue saw how the two cats had bonded and knew they had to be kept together.

To make sure both the cats and the caretakers were safe, the rescue spayed Zabu and neutered Cameron.

This caused Cameron to lose his mane…but given the hot Florida weather, he probably didn’t mind.

It’s important to remember that both of them are big cats…

But it’s so fun to see them play with their favorite toys, sunbathe, groom each other, and be silly. Zabu the tiger even acts kittenish, according to Big Cat Rescue.

“While Cameron tries to sleep most of the day away (as lions do in the wild), Zabu is extremely energetic and is always pestering him to play.”

It’s easy to see why these unlikely friends love each other.