Autism: A pet "helps children with autism to develop their social skills"

Having a pet 'helps autistic children to develop their social skills' Bringing an animal into the home could strengthen family bonds, say researchers | UPDATED: 11:59 GMT, 2 August 2012 Children with autism can improve their social skills if they have a pet to play with after they turn five.

Puppy love: The lion cub called Simba who has forged an adorable friendship with Monty the dog and Thumper the rabbit

Puppy love: The lion cub called Simba who has forged an adorable friendship with Monty the dog and Thumper the rabbit | UPDATED: 09:05 GMT, 25 June 2012 It reads like the plot of a Disney movie – three unlikely animal playmates overcoming their differences to forge an adorable friendship.