We all know that certain animals make better pets than others. What comes to mind, typically, include those that are fluffy, feathery, and quite affectionate—think dogs, cats, and birds. Naturally, these animals can learn to exist with each other pretty well, too.

Animals that you don’t imagine coexisting? Lizards. Sure, they keep to themselves just fine, but it’s rare that you’ll want to take your reptile out of its cage in order to hang out with, say, your cat.

But that’s exactly what the owner of Charles, a female bearded dragon, and Baby, a cat, did. At first, it wasn’t clear if these two would get along. Then, something totally unexpected—and adorable—happened.

Most pet owners don’t think of reptiles as being affectionate. Even more uncommon? For said reptiles to be affectionate with other animals… like cats. But that’s exactly what happened with a female bearded dragon named Charles and her best pal, a male cat named Baby.


Their owner initially was worried that Baby might hurt Charles, and understandably so: Baby was so much bigger. Plus, he had claws! Thankfully, they immediately bonded, and now they’re the best of friends.


Charles and Baby even guard their home together! With these two constantly keeping watch, it looks like no one is going to be breaking in anytime soon.


All is good… unless there’s a thunderstorm! That’s when Charles hugs Baby close. (Baby’s kind of scared of thunderstorms, but with Charles at his side, he’s got nothing to fear.)


These two even love taking selfies together! They might need to redo this photo, because Baby was blinking. Whoops! Say cheese!


Playtime is always fun with these two pals, too. Watch how Charles wants to see if Baby’s interested in playing. Yes? Great! Tag, you’re it!


Of course, snuggling up to each other is even better! These two know exactly how to each other how much they care.


They even eat their meals together! No word yet on whether Charles sneaks some of Baby’s food… or vice-versa! We’re sure they don’t mind sharing.


Look at how they even hold each other’s claws when they’re napping. Their friendship knows no bounds, that’s for sure!


Aren’t they just adorable, albeit unlikely, friends? Watch when their owner pets their heads while they’re sleeping…

It never ceases to amaze how such seemingly different creatures can form loving bonds like this. It must be so nice for Baby to have someone to hang out with when that scary thunder starts rattling the windows. For more about this delightful duo, you can follow Charles and Baby’s adventures on Instagram!

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