Ten-year-old Frank was sitting on a paddle board when a curious manatee swam in to say ‘hello’, owner Adam McCahill claiming there was an ‘instant’ connection between the two
A pug’s ‘instant’ bond with a manatee is being hailed as an actual Disney movie – as footage shows the unlikely ‘best friends’ looking longingly at each other.
Frank, Adam McCahill’s 10-year-old pooch, was sitting on a paddle board on Florida’s Crystal River when he met the eyes of a young manatee who swam in as if to say ‘hello’ to him. “.
The 38-year-old owner says he felt an “instant” connection between the two – although his pooch was generally “unaware” of other creatures below the surface.
Adorable footage shows the manatee swimming up to Adam’s board and poking its nose above the water to get Frank’s attention.
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The dog then gently obliges by lowering his head to look back and begin a 15-minute interaction that has been compared to something out of a Disney movie.
Railway engineer Adam thinks they have become “best friends” at this unique moment and says Frank “can’t wait” to get back to see his aquatic friend before he goes to sea for the summer.
The video has been liked over 500 times and users were quick to show their love for the pair’s “awesome” yet unlikely bond.
Adam, from St. Augustine, Florida, said, “It would make a great Disney movie. A dog and a manatee becoming best friends – I would watch this movie!
“I’ve learned to paddle over the past few years and Frank comes with me, but this is the first time he’s interacted with one of the manatees.
“I was about to go home and then this one came and bumped into my legs. That’s when he and Frank had their moment. Normally he ignore.
“He was a youngster and he hung out with Frank for about 15 minutes.
“We haven’t been back since, so he hasn’t seen the manatee since then. I’m sure he would love to have another chance to see it. I’m sure he can’t wait.
“I plan to bring him back so he can see the manatee one last time before winter.”
Adam says the manatees love to winter in Crystal River because the water is warm, but in the spring they return to the Atlantic Ocean.
Her Instagram post, captioned “Just a few cool kids who instantly become best friends,” has been liked over 500 times.
One user commented, “I’ve never seen two best BFFs before.”
Another simply added, “Love it!”
Adam replied, “Thank you! They were so cute together.”
Another said: “Awesome, love it!”
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