True friendship can cross distance and time—and kingdom and phylum and genus. Pets are man’s best friend, but they also form some unlikely bonds that transcend sense, reason, and even animal nature. That’s why Reader’s Digest has been gathering amazing stories of animal friendships here, to see which ones are the wildest! Our nomination period is officially over—with 1,534 adorable fuzzy (and scaley) faces to sort through, might we add—and our judging period has officially begun. In a few weeks, we’ll announce the finalists and you will have a chance to vote on your favorite. In the meantime, check out some of our early eye-catchers below!