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In the Leningrad Zoo,
a stray cat slipped through the bars
into the enclosure of a European Lynx
in search of something to eat.
Instead of attacking the interloper,
the lynx delicately sniffed noses,
greeting in the universal language of felines
this tiny stranger from afar.
From that moment they were inseparable.
Sometimes it is possible to find
such transcendent friendships
as can surpass the bounds
of size, shape, species