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.

8 comments to Bookworm Rodent

  • Erica

    Hey Caplin, what’s your favorite popsicle flavor?

  • grumblebunny

    I can’t wait to see your owner’s book featuring a transgendered Caplin!

    While I would never consider eating you, Caplin, I do love imagining you on a bed of lettuce with a crabapple in your mouth.

  • Daisy

    Caplin, you have lots of fun adventures! I think you are much bigger than I realized. How much do you weigh, anyway? I weigh 7. Pounds.

  • Henri Loves...

    Hi Caplin,
    My name is Henri and I have a blog called Henri Loves…you can google it. My son’s girlfriend met you the other day and fed you a blueberry. She told me about you and I dedicated a blog post to you today. I thought you might want to check it out.
    I hope you get on twitter so I can follow you.
    Love, Henri

  • Orable and Charlie

    Hello, Caplin – we have been watching your darling vids on YouTube and have fallen in love with you! I'm so glad to have found your blog, too! You can stop by my blog if you like (my human helps me with it) and you are invited to join in our all-animal lyric writing bee, too! Keep up the cute movies!

    licks & slobbers,
    Charlie

  • Gus, Louie and Callie

    Sounds like you have so great fun..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  • Jan's Funny Farm

    Hey, Caplin, we followed your link from Charlie’s Dog Blog and realize we’ve been here before but lost your link. So now we’ve found it again, we’ll have to bury it so we don’t lose it. Or is that how we lost it the first time? Maybe we cats should hide it this time.

  • Cyberlis

    Hi Caplin and Melanie! I hope your book gets published soon! I’ll be checking Amazon frequently so I can purchase a copy. I also linked your Blog to the latest post of my personal blogspot, because I want to do my part in helping spread the word about Caplin the Capybara!

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