Sparkle, an 8-to-10-year-old llama, and Rosie, a 6-year-old cat, are improbable best friends. Living on the 14-acre Farm Animal Rescue of Mifflinburg in Pennsylvania, the two adopted animals nuzzle and follow each other around all day.
“The previous owner said Rosie started hanging around the barn and the two took up a friendship,” Roy Hernesh, the director of the rescue farm, tells ABC News. “In the winter, Sparkle would be laid [on] the ground and Rosie would snuggle up to her and keep warm.”
While Hernesh understands Rosie’s behavior — cats tend to be a bit more cuddly than llamas — he says that their bond is undeniable.
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“I understand Rosie gets warmth and affection, [but] I’m not sure what Sparkle gets out of it,” he said. “Maybe she just likes the cat. It’s really cute.”
Hernesh and his wife, Lorie, took Sparkle and Rosie in last September. (Sparkles’ former owner told them the two were a package deal. “We thought maybe she was exaggerating a little, but they really do have a special bond and it’s sort of unusual,” Hernesh said).
Rosie and Sparkle continue to be inseparable — resulting in an endless trove of adorable photos and videos.
“Sparkle is amongst the most receptive llamas … she loves being stroked and petted, she likes human interaction. She runs on what we call, ‘Sparkle time.’ When the herd is moving, she’s the last one … she just kind of does her own thing at her own pace and she likes to be with who she likes to be with,” Hernesh said. “She has two llama friends and Rosie. She enjoys sitting in the sunshine and she’s just a pleasure for us.”
We have never wanted anything more than to be in on this friendship.