There's nothing quite like the love between a man and his turkey vulture.
Meet Dave Stives, LA County's official animal keeper. He has a unique relationship with all the rescue birds in his charge, but there's something different about the love he and a certain turkey vulture have for each other.
Apollo, an injured turkey vulture from Virginia, has a major crush on Stives, her caretaker. So much so that Apollo (who is actually a female vulture), does the breeding dance whenever Stives comes near her.
"She's accepted me as her mate, more or less," explains the soft-spoken Stives. "She thinks I'm a turkey vulture -- I don't know how to take that."
In addition to the breeding dance, Apollo also shows her affection by enveloping Stives in her 6-foot wingspan -- the closest thing to a hug for vultures, notes NBC LA.
Apollo lives in the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall, Calif. She and Stives have been together for about seven years.
Check out other heartwarming interspecies friendships in the slideshow below.