It has taken some time for me to get over the loss of my friend Seabiscuit (aka The Rabbit (Caplin & The Rabbit). I still miss our long talks under the dining room table. Luckily Coral and Carl bought a cute little guinea pig named Neptune to help ease the pain.
Neptune isn’t like The Rabbit because he can’t run around on the floor with me. The Rabbit weighed about four pounds but Neptune probably doesn’t even tip the scale at one pound. He’s a tiny thing. Coral and Carl are scared I will step on him. My owner is too. Neptune isn’t. He trusts me to be careful.
One nice thing about Neptune is that he and I speak the same language. His sounds are called wheeks and mine are called eeps but, you know, it’s just a case of tomato-tomato (pronounce those differently to get the desired effect). Surprisingly, his wheeks are lower pitched than my eeps with the same meaning. I would have thought that being so much larger, I would have the deeper voice. Maybe my high-pitched eeps carry better underwater.
I do make my noises underwater. Like guinea pigs, I make my incredible array of sounds without opening my mouth. I think they come from my heart! I don’t think anyone has ever recorded the underwater calls of a capybara. That would be an interesting research project for an advanced student in capybara biology.