Bears are at the top the food chain for many different reasons: their claws, their massive size, their ferocious bite. You don’t reach that sort of status for nothing.

Yet no one seems to have told this to Mäuschen, an 800-pound asiatic black bear.

In 2000, zookeepers at the Berlin Zoo discovered a tiny cat in Mäuschen’s enclosure.


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BERLIN, GERMANY: Pictured is Muschi the cat and Mausi the bear on the 27th September 2002. A friendship that started in 2001 between an Asian Black Bear and a cat still continues. One day cat Muschi entered the enclosure of Mausi. Mausi the bear is 40 years old and has welcomed Muschi with open arms as he spends time with the feline and shares food! Caretaker Thomas Dšrflein looks after the odd duo. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANIMAL PRESS / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD + 44 (0) 845 370 2233 www.barcroftmedia.comNational Geographic

Mäuschen was excited to have a new friend.

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It wasn’t long before they started going everywhere together.

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In 2007, they were separated while Mäuschen’s enclosure was being renovated.

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They were both extremely distraught during the process.

The cat, named Muschi, was so sad that she would sit outside Mäuschen’s temporary cage and cry.

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After that, no one ever dared to separate them again.

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When they were allowed to be together again, they said hello with lots of hugs and kisses.


Nobody knows where Muschi came from, but her connection with Mäuschen was almost destined to be.


For 10 years, the unlikely pair was inseparable.

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But after a decade of friendship, life again separated the pair.

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In November of 2010, the aging bear passed away.


She was 43 years old.

Muschi was heartbroken… and again all alone.


She is still in Mäuschen’s old enclosure, waiting for her old friend.


Farewell, Mäuschen.