THE ZOO — When you think of your favorite stories, internet memes, and YouTube videos, what comes to mind?
I’d wager dollars to donuts that many of you thought of at least one story of unlikely friendship. From “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Odd Couple” to cats mothering ducklings and a wild bear and wolf pairing, there is something compelling about two very different beings forming a bond.
Now, I can’t say if the two creatures in this video bonded and became friends. What I am saying is that I hope someone with greater skills and connections than I sees this video and writes a sweet and lovely picture book about it.
This story (video) stars Kaya, a seal that lives at the Oregon Zoo. One day she was just swimming along like usual when something fluttery catches her eye. This is when Kaya’s whole being is swept up in chasing a strange creature that we all know as a butterfly.
It looks like Kaya is trying to play with her new friend, as she turns upside down to inspect the tiny beasty from all angles and jabs her nose toward the glass. But the best part is when Kaya repeatedly tries to swish her winged obsession with her front flipper.
It feels like a very pure and wholesome interaction (and we won’t think about how, in reality, Kaya would probably chomp that butterfly if she had the chance).
The video was captured by Micah Reese, a dive safety officer at the zoo who appears to have very lucky timing. Want more? Then it’s worth noting that the Oregon Zoo has a decent social media game, and they regularly post great videos, including this bear taking a bath and these otters playing in the snow.