February 6, 2014 10:08 AM   Subscribe

The Rocky Ridge Refuge is home to a lot of animals and a lot of interspecies friendship.

More photos at the Facebook page including four puppies inspecting a tortoise.

Rocky Ridge Refuge, previously.

posted by griphus (21 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

I'm a little dubious about the "friendship" part. I mean, the capybara is clearly hogging the pool, I think a goat is being shown stomping a dog to death, and, dear heavens, what is that raccoon doing to that dog!?!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:31 AM on February 6 [9 favorites]

Red rocket! Red rocket!
posted by MartinWisse at 10:32 AM on February 6 [1 favorite]

It really makes me ask myself "Why am I not also devoting my life to cultivating unlikely animal friendships?".
posted by josher71 at 10:43 AM on February 6 [9 favorites]

This in no way diminished my desire to befriend a capybara. Thanks for the post.
posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on February 6 [3 favorites]

That raccoon appears to be going above and beyond "interspecies snorgling," if you know what I mean. Still, OMG PUPPEHS AND LIL CHICKS
posted by thomas j wise at 10:47 AM on February 6 [1 favorite]

You know, just because a dogs looks like its smiling, it doesn't mean that its actually....oh nevermind.
posted by goethean at 10:50 AM on February 6 [2 favorites]

That wolfhound + baby goat snorgling picture has broken me for the day.

Griphus, my employer will be sending you a bill for the wasted wages.
posted by introp at 10:52 AM on February 6 [2 favorites]

There's something about the snow photo that says comeback album cover to me.

Also why capybaras, why are you so awesome. I once thought through the appeal of pets by imagining a person with those characteristics and pondering if it made a person more adorable (furry? ehhh. tail? kinda. no thumbs? YES no thumbs and only being able to bat at things makes everyone cute!). But capybaras are like a Platonic ideal of furry animalness. So big and furry and perfect.
posted by spamandkimchi at 11:06 AM on February 6 [1 favorite]

I totally agree, spamandkimchi. They are so perfect yet so odd that I'm almost convinced they aren't real animals and were instead designed specifically to make people on the Internet happy.

Also, I know I shouldn't anthropomorphize everything and even so, they probably couldn't speak the same language, but in my head, there is no way that those puppies aren't saying "What the fuck are you?" to that tortoise.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:17 AM on February 6 [2 favorites]

...they aren't real animals and were instead designed...

To be fair, all our domesticated animals look how they do because of our domestication of them.
posted by griphus at 11:25 AM on February 6 [1 favorite]

You know who else couldn't tell a capybara from a dog?

Not Hitler, for once.
posted by Naberius at 12:04 PM on February 6 [2 favorites]

I love a good interspecies friendship as much as the next girl, but seeing that zebra in there scared the piss out of me. Those are mean mofos.
posted by dlugoczaj at 1:53 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

Any time capyberas come up, anywhere on the internet, someone has to mention The Tick.

What? No I'm not complaining. More like, what's the word? Approving? Encouraging?
posted by JHarris at 1:56 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

Nice names!
Capybara = Cheesecake
Zebra = Barcode
Tortoise = Crouton
posted by yoga at 3:16 PM on February 6 [2 favorites]

Because he's small and crunchy!
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:52 PM on February 6 [3 favorites]

You know who your real friends are when you take away the food for a few days.
posted by IndigoJones at 4:06 PM on February 6

I just finished reading "When Elephants Weep - The Emotional Lives of Animals" by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and I'm still feeling the love, then along comes this and I guess I'm going to have to go out in the cold and find some kind of critter to hug.
posted by aryma at 5:36 PM on February 6 [2 favorites]

the capybara is clearly hogging the pool

Capybaras really like a good soak.
posted by homunculus at 7:13 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

Barcode is very cute.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:31 PM on February 6

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