Capybara in the classroom

What a great day I had Monday! To start off, my owner stayed home for the day. I love it when she does ’cause we spend so much more time together. Then it was raining, which I love because of the mud potential. But the best part was that I got to go visit a school. I hadn’t done that in a long time and I’d forgotten how fun it is.

Walking up to the school in the rain.

I went specifically to visit a fourth grade class where a student had done a science project on capybaras. What a lucky girl! It makes me wish I could really attend school instead of just visiting but I don’t guess that’s an option.

Sheldon, my owner and I all checked in at the school office and met our student’s mother and her friend. Her friend fed me an apple. I don’t know why my owner doesn’t do that. Well, maybe because I wouldn’t eat it last time she gave me one. But you have to keep trying.

Eating an apple in the office.

I made a big splash in the office. Naturally everyone loved me. Then we had to climb some stairs up to the classroom. I am surprisingly good at going up and down stairs. Once in the classroom, our student gave a short introduction to capybaras (good job, Skyler!). Then my owner did a question and answer session.

My introduction.
Look how cute and good I am being.

Here are some of her questions (answers at the bottom).

  1. What are the major predators of capybaras?
  2. Where do capybaras live in the wild?
  3. What do capybaras eat?
  4. What’s special about capybara teeth?
  5. What is the second largest rodent?
The kids loved answering the questions.

The kids did great and I think they learned a lot. The thing they learned the most was that capbyaras are not just the largest rodent in the world, we are also the cutest.

When it was almost time to go, the original class filed out and a new one filed in. They didn’t get much time with me so I felt sorry for them. Then on the way out, we stopped to visit with an eighth grade class. We were in the front of the school so other kids wandered by and I got mobbed a little bit. But I kept my cool. My owner gave a bunch of kids fresh blueberries so I just kept searching from hand to hand to find them. Some kids stuck out their hands when they didn’t have blueberries and that seemed a bit dishonest but I guess I can’t blame them.

Here are the answers:

  1. jaguars, anacondas, caiman, crocodiles, people
  2. eastern South America
  3. mainly grasses and water plants
  4. like all rodents, capybaras have teeth that grow throughout their lives
  5. beavers