Walt Disney Studios is genius at creating worlds where magical friendship blossoms between unlikely creatures, but mother nature herself can be just as adept at surprising us.
Whether it's foxes and hounds breaking the roles that hunters have expected them to follow for centuries or lions snuggling up with meerkats for a nap, sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.
Below are some real life images of your favorite Disney movies being realized in real life, but which one do you think makes our planet look like the most magical kingdom of all?
Mowgli and Colonel Hathi - The Jungle Book
Tippa Degra was bought up in Nambia with her wildlife photographer parents calling her favorite elephant (pictured) her brother. Just like The Jungle Book's Mowgli, Tippi eventually left her animal friends to live in the village (or Paris, in her case) aged 10. You can read about her experiences here.
Todd and Copper - Fox and the Hound
Todd and Copper's friendship didn't manage to last forever in Disney's The Fox and the Hound, but these real life vulpine/canine chums have kept their special bond well into adulthood.
Marlin and Dory - Finding Nemo
Marlin and Dory seem to be even closer in real life...
Mufusa - The Lion King
The real life version of this heartbreaking Lion King scene might lack the cinematic punch, but I'll take that over the floods of tears any day!
Timon and Pumba - The Lion King
Now I know this tearaway twosome really exists in nature, there'll be no worries for the rest of my days! Take it away, boys!
Timon and Simba - The Lion King
I think I can speak for all of us when I say that a fluffy lion cub paw looks like the world's best duvet for a tiny meerkat. The cutes is unbearable.
Marie - The Aristocrats
This lady looks like she finishes fights instead of starting them, just like her Disney doppelgänger.
Lady and Tramp - Lady and the Tramp
Of course, with real dogs the meatballs have to be fake to prevent carnage and a life time ban from Tony's.
Bambi and Flower - Bambi
The drawings in Disney's Bambi are as sugary as they come, but they have nothing on the cavity inducing sweetness of this real life skunk/fawn encounter.
Bambi and Thumper - Bambi
If this real life Thumper and Bambi combo doesn't make your heart feel like it might explode, I suspect you might not have one...