Bookworm Rodent

My owner is planning an “Caplin Rous on Animal Planet” party for me in Austin during the airing of my the Animal Planet episode with me in it. Drop a line to CaplinRous@gmail.com if you’d like to come.

Me with Jim Swift, literally “On the Porch”

If you follow my blog you know that my owner drags me all over the place. I don’t know why she does this since she’s always complaining about how slow I am. In fact, capybaras strive to be the largest and SLOWEST rodents. Most of our relations are very fast so I think we probably own that title.

Last Wednesday we had a very unusual outing. For one thing, it was the middle of the week and she didn’t go to work. I suppose we both deserved an afternoon off after our shoot with Jim Swift from KXAN. (http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/Exotic_pet_provides_nature_lesson) Another strange thing was that we went north of the river.

For those of you who don’t live in Central Texas, you might not know that the city of Austin is divided in half by the Colorado River. (No, not THAT Colorado River. A lesser river by the same name.) My owner and I live way south of the river in an area sometimes known as Bubba-land and other times as Buda. Same difference. Being Bubbas, we seldom venture to the north were the more sophisticated populace resides.

The Count of Monte Cristo. Submitted by D.J. Berson

On this trip, we actually went to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, a strange place for a little capybara. Did you know people actually walk there? Stranger than that is the event we went to, the Edible Book Festival. Can you imagine? Edible books? Actually not so weird; I eat paper when I can. I’ve never eaten a book but the only thing stopping me is opportunity.

Love in the Time of Cauliflower. Submitted by Emily Vinson


The festival proved smaller than we had imagined with only seven edible books. One of the people there told us that it is normally held on a weekend when participation is higher. Nevertheless, the entries were interesting and we met a bunch of nice folks. At the festival, everyone pet me and took my photo. I tried to pose as photogenically as possible but the crowd prevented taking best advantage of the light. The edible books were quite creative so my owner and Sheldon–who is always dragged along as a capybara wrangler–had a good time.

On the Road. Submitted by Nicole Davis


We could have been entry eight since someone commented that if you put Sheldon next to me you have the Steinbeck book “Of Mice and Men.” Since capybaras are eaten in South America (shudder!), I fulfilled the edible requirement.

The cover of my owner’s soon-to-be-available-on-Amazon book.
It features a capybara named Caplynn Rous.


My owner wants to make a real entry next year, hopefully of the book she (sort-of) wrote about me. I don’t know how she’ll convert that to something edible though. And I am NOT going to be part of the entry.