Oh, that Cheesecake is at it again! The world's best puppy foster, Cheesecake the capybara, yes, you heard us right, Cheesecake the capybara, has a new litter of adorable puppies to raise, and she is so happy right now she could bust!
Janice Wolf, the caretaker at Rocky Ridge Refuge in Gassville, Ark., gets lots of rescued litters of puppies, usually from over stressed mothers, sickly themselves, which move on to Cheesecake once weaned. And Cheesecake couldn't be happier about the arrangement.
With the first litter she was tasked with fostering, the childless Cheesecake had some maternal instincts way down deep that effervesced to the surface and made her the shining "mom" that she is today.
Not too bad of a helicopter parent, but she definitely plays a hands-on role in their upbringing, hanging with them, playing with them, and teaching them life lessons, just like a great foster mom does.
Capybaras are very social and take on each other's young to raise when in the wild, according to Little Things, so it only seems natural to her, even with the cross species situation going on. Heck, to Cheesecake, a baby is a baby! Cheesecake has already been foster mommy to four litters this year alone, One Green Planet noted, and her puppies just adore her.
The unlikely relationship of these two species is so beautiful, Hero Viral said, and it's a win/win/win, for Wolf, Cheesecake and the puppies they raise.
Capybaras are the world largest rodents, often growing to 150 lbs. They come from South America and are close relatives to the guinea pig.