When Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas rescued a six-year-old Capybara, they were not sure how she would get along with the other farm animals.
They named her Cheesecake. And luckily, Cheesecake was exceptionally friendly and has formed bonds with just about every animal she’s ever met.
When she was a baby, she needed constant care and so she lived inside the home of the sanctuary’s founder, Janice Wolf, alongside her pups.
“She played with the dogs and slept with the dogs,” said Wolf.
“She would adopt them and she’d sleep with them and eat with them, and she’d discipline them too if they were naughty. She was a good foster mom, and she just did a great job,” she continued.
Cheesecake began caring for all of the new arrivals to the sanctuary. She became like a mother to all of the rescue center’s animals.
She’s bonded with the ducklings …
… and the deer
… and the tortoise
… and the emus
… and the miniature horse
… and the older dogs who no longer needed a mother.
… and most recently, the chickens.
Wolf rescued a second capybara named Cobbler from someone who purchased him from an exotic pet trader. The previous owner said that a child had ordered him online and flew him to New York City, only to realize that they weren’t legal in that state.
“They somehow found me, and I got sent this tiny little capybara,” said Wolf.
“Capybaras are social animals who live in large groups in the wild, so it’s good that she’s got another capybara.”
Cheesecake and Cobbler have been best friends ever since. This hasn’t lessened Cheesecake’s love for all of her brothers and sisters in the slightest.
“She’s so accepting of other animals,” Wolf said. “That’s how most of my animals are, but she’s just the epitome of that because she has just taken care of everyone.”
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