Animals Video

By Jessica Testa


Over the two years they have lived in the same household, this cat and lizard have developed an adorable friendship that has gotten to the point where they can even share food.

Avionics Technician, Astrid Mayne, 23, said her two-year-old tortoise shell cat, Tootsie, was originally scared of the three-year-old Savanna monitor, Rick, but that quickly changed.

Astrid said: “Now Tootsie always wants to play with Rick and sometimes he will engage by following her around but he mostly minds his business until she gets bored.”

“It’s sweet and funny to watch. Rick is very large and about the same size as Tootsie. Seeing them interact is not something you see every day.

“They are both very food driven, so to see Tootsie let Rick eat some of her food was very sweet. I want to clarify that I do not feed my lizard kitten food on the regular because it is very fatty and obesity in domesticated monitors is very common. I try to stick to the most natural diet that he would find in the wild.”