The Tapir’s Capybara Pillow

Last week Emi posted a picture of a malaysian tapir being kept awake by otters. Today I found a picture of a new world tapir actually being assisted in its sleep by a different kind of semi-aquatic mammal!

I’m not sure why the capybara is allowing the tapir to use it as a pillow. Does anybody know if these two species have a special kind of bond? That’d be neat! The idea that these two individuals just have a special bond is pretty cool too!

Via Kate Goodacre’s Flickr Photostream

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#1 Scott Lommers on 04.16.08 at 4:06 pm

I love this picture. I’ve been a fan of capybaras every since I was introduced to them as a kid by a Bill Peet book.

Thanks for the great photos.

#2 crazyanimallady on 04.26.08 at 8:25 am

I often see tapirs and capybaras exhibited near eachother at zoos – i think they are from similar habitats, but i don’t know of any special bond they have. incredible picture – interspecies love is the best.