Can We Be Friends?


ASK Magazine February 2022. What makes a good friend for a baby hippopotamus, a vampire bat, a librarian, or the kid next door?

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but who is a dog’s best friends? Or, for that matter, an elephant’s?


This edition of ASK Magazine looks at animal relationships. We know most animals are social creatures, just like us, often eating, sleeping, and traveling together, but do they value “friends” the same way humans do? The touching stories of friendship between a tortoise and a hippo, cheetahs and dogs, as well as behaviors such as chimpanzees “kissing and making up” after a fight, suggest they might. Plus, you can learn about other skills animals have that mimic things we do—such as the bird version using of a loofah. Lastly, learn some very human traits to help you make and keep friends, such as how to tell a joke, how to make a fortune-telling game for you and your friends to play, and a folding craft that provides a truly unique Valentine’s Day card.


Enjoy features including:

  • Do Animals Have Friends by Ellen R. Braaf
  • The Cat’s Dog by Pam Bailes & Liz Huyck
  • How to Tell a Joke
  • They Made Me Do It and I’m Sorry by Cecil Castellucci
  • Ask a Friend
  • A Friend Indeed

Regular features of ASK Magazine include Nosy News, Nestor’s Dock, Bot’s Mighty Math, Ask Ask, Contest and Letters, and Marvin and Friends.