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Your morning adorable: Giraffe and ostrich are best friends at Busch Gardens in Tampa

August 25, 2009 | 11:23 am

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Keepers at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., report that this unlikely duo -- Bea, a 3-year-old giraffe, and Wilma, a 10-year-old ostrich -- have become inseparable pals. (It looks to us like Bea is a little more committed to the unorthodox friendship than Wilma, but hey -- that's just us.)

"Bea likes to use her tongue to explore her surroundings, and Wilma isn't fazed by those very close encounters," the park's assistant curator, Jason Green, told People Pets

The two are both residents of Busch Gardens' Serengeti Plain exhibit -- and before you start thinking that the two are bound by close quarters that necessitate the closeness of their relationship, let us assure you that the exhibit sprawls over 65 acres (meaning that Bea and Wilma could certainly keep some distance from each other if they wanted to).

See another photo and video of this sweet pair after the jump!

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Matt Marriott / Associated Press
Video: Busch Gardens

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