Top Ten Wild Animals that are Known to Have Been Extremely Affectionate Towards Humans

You can never judge a book by its cover, and sometimes the most scary or misunderstood of creatures can be the most friendly towards humans. Here are some examples of animals that have been known to get along very well with humans, provided that you treat them with the same respect that you expect from anyone.

The Top Ten

Dolphins Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the order Cetacea, excluding whales and porpoises, so to zoologists the grouping is paraphyletic.

Dolphins usually go after sharks not humans

Um, I've heard of reports of dolphins being dangerous to humans and, rarely, caused some deaths. Do you still call dolphins extremely affectionate towards humans? - DinoLover4242

Dolphins have saved humans from sharks

They seem to really love humans! - lionsforlife

Elephants Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Two species are traditionally recognized, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species.

Although they are known to be really deadly and kill you in a minute be just running over but know what they do it too protect themselves only.
If they were to be domesticated by humans then they would be as loyal as Dogs.
They are kind, affectionate to any one they know.
They are really loyal to their partners.

Don't anger them and you'll be fine. - RoseWeasley

They are one of the kindest animals even though they are known to be deadly because of their power to easily lift 2000 pound and kill anyone if they hurt them or their family but still they never kill anyone they're herbivores.
If humans were to make them pet then they would probably be as loyal as Dog.
But what hurts me is that they are hunted or even killed fto obtain their teeth(ivory).

I’d say if you know one from the time they’re born, they’d be affectionate, but otherwise, never go up to one of these in the wild. Unless you want to get trampled. - PackFan2005

Wolves Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

There are stories of humans who were raised by wolves. - RoseWeasley

Didn't - RoseWeasley

They were literally one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans. - Not_A_Weeaboo

I hope I never have to test this theory in person. Don't anyone go looking for a wolf's den, now. - BKAllmighty

Seals Seal, known as Pinniped, is a marine carnivorous mammals native to all continents, commonly to North America and Antarctica.

These animals are both cute and very affectionate. I want one! :3 - DinoLover4242

Lions The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

I applaud your list dwelling being but I sense a lion just sending other waves of our own conscious which we are gleeful binding forces between us as jointed species in a relationship as we distinctive beings are allies- Kevinsidis


Seriously? Owls aren't known to be affectionate. - DinoLover4242

Tapir A tapir is a large, herbivorous mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile nose trunk.

Because tapirs are very friendly and affectionate like many videos of people petting and/or interacting positively (usually) with tapirs. - DinoLover4242

Eagles Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.

Um, I don't think eagles are affectionate, despite not normally being aggressive towards people. To me, this bird doesn't count. - DinoLover4242

Beluga Whale The beluga whale or white whale is an Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. It is one of two members of the family Monodontidae, along with the narwhal, and the only member of the genus Delphinapterus.

The image says it all. Unlike some other animals, they are friendly even to strangers (humans they don't know). I saw it at an Aquarium in Niagara Falls, Canada. - Metal_Treasure

Pandas The giant panda, also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.

Why is this on the list? Pandas are aggressive and can be very dangerous. - DinoLover4242

The Contenders


Why is this on the list? This is a domestic animal, not wild. - DinoLover4242

Feel bad now for putting bacon in the pan... - PositronWildhawk

Why are the cops on this list? - judo8alex

Platypus The platypus, also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.

Seriously? Platypus aren't known to be affectionate towards people and are timid instead, using their venomous spurs to poison their enemies. Go try to tame it and I'll bet $900,000,000,000 that the platypus will poison you instead of being affectionate. - DinoLover4242

Chimpanzee Chimpanzees are primates of the genus Pan which consists of the common chimpanzee and the bonobo. They are a part of the tribe Hominini, which also includes humans, and the family Hominidae where all great apes are included. Like their closest living relatives the modern humans, chimpanzees are social more.

Really? Chimpanzees are the most aggressive non-human apes alive today and aren't normally affectionate in the wild. The chimpanzees will kill you if you go near them, while gorillas are not as dangerous since they're mostly herbivorous, while chimpanzees are largely omnivorous and, unlike gorillas, can be cannibalistic and anarchists much like many cannibalistic human tribes. So, therefore, chimpanzees don't belong in this list. - DinoLover4242

Chimpanzees are seriously aggressive animals. I’m pretty sure they hate humans. - Archived

They are literally the closest animal to us. Some scientists even speculate that humans evolved from once looking very similar to chimpanzees - Randomator

Goat The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe.

Um... that's a domestic goat, not a wild goats (there's differences between domestic and wild goats), so this doesn't belong on this list. - DinoLover4242

Goat is wild and very friendly come pet a goat we don't mind. - MrGoat


I don't think that falcons really be affectionate towards people even though they help people catch what they need or if people care for them. - DinoLover4242

Sheep The sheep is a quadrupedal, ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates.
Thylacine The thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger or the Tasmanian wolf.

How was this animal affectionate towards humans? Any evidence? - DinoLover4242

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Horse The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae, and can be tamed, bred, and trained, as a mount.

Um, that's a domestic horse, not a wild horse (the only true wild horse alive today are Mongolian wild horse, aka Przewalski's horse), so this doesn't belong on this list. - DinoLover4242

Llama The llama is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since the Pre-Columbian era.

That's a domesticated animal and not wild, doesn't belong on this list, unless this item meant its wild ancestor, guanaco. - DinoLover4242


Dromedaries are domestic animals, not wild, unlike how pop culture want you to believe. This doesn't belong on the list. - DinoLover4242

Alligator An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains.
Crocodile Crocodiles or true crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.

What? Crocodiles are aggressive. - DinoLover4242

Gorilla Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa.
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