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Nagasaki, Japan capybaras

My twitter friend, @Kotaro took these photos at the Nagasaki Bio Park last February. This bio-park is one of the best places to see capybaras in the world. You get to go in with them and pet them and put Kapibara-san toys on their heads.

What is that thing? Does it bite?

What is that thing? Does it bite?

Get that thing off my back! (Although it is cute. Kapibara-san wearing a cow costume.)

Get that thing off my back! (Although it is cute. Kapibara-san wearing a cow costume.)

Wearing cow ears to celebrate the new year. Now where did I leave my dignity?

Wearing cow ears to celebrate the new year. Now where did I leave my dignity?

Soaking in a hot tub looks like fun.

Soaking in a hot tub looks like fun.

Adopted a capybara :)

Remember my owner’s pledge to donate $5 to the San Antonio Zoo capybaras for every copy of Celeste and the Giant Hamster sold during my birthday week?  Well, thanks to all of you readers, we were able to adopt a capybara at the “Senior Keeper” level. My owner put the adoption in my name. That means that my name will appear on a plaque somewhere inside the zoo. I’ll try to get my owner to do down there and take photos of the plaque and the capybaras in the next few weeks. If you get there ahead of us, take photos and share with us.

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Best of Texas? You bet I am!

I recently did an interview with Amanda Newman-Warr of the Best Of Texas website. One thing I like about Amanda is that she wanted to interview me and not my owner. Of the two of us, I am by far the more interesting. My owner is one of almost 7 billion after all. I’m pretty sure there are nothing like that many capybaras, although it is a nice thought. Anyway, you can read the interview here.

Capybara scratches

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Caplin Rous, a 2-year-old capybara, enjoys a good long scratch. This video show how capybaras puff up their fur when they are happy. It also captures some of his noises. The main noise is “I’m happy but I want something.” Our new rabbit, Maple, makes her film debut and is a bit of a pest. Toward the end of the video she climbs on Caplin’s back.

Water ‘Bara

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Caplin Rous, a 2-year-old capybara, plays in the water with his owner.