My Arkansas Relatives

Baby capybaras at Shad EE Shack Farm in Arkanas

Baby capybaras at Shad EE Shack Farm in Arkanas

I’ve been posting about capybaras as far away as Malaysia and Moscow but somehow forgot to feature my own relatives in Arkansas! Go figure. Well, it is time I did something about that. So in this post, I would like you to meet all my great capbyara relatives and their owners, Mary Lee and Amos Stropes.

Mary Lee also runs capybaras.org, probably the best site on the web for capybara information (next to this blog, of course). Mary Lee and Amos breed capybaras so they have lots of experience. But enough about the humans, let’s get down to the capybaras.

First, I’d like to introduce my Grandpa, Captain, he’s the one in the back, and my Grandma. Grandma’s name was Queen when she was alive but Mary Lee has renamed her Capalena in honor of me, her most famous decendent.

Grandpa Captain and Grandma Capalena (Queen)

Grandpa Captain and Grandma Capalena (Queen)

Both Grams & Gramps came from North Carolina back in 1991. That makes Gramps 18 years old, which just might be a record for capybaras. I hope I inherited that longevity gene!

Now here is a cute photo! This is my grandparents with my cousin Little. Little was their last baby and the only one in her litter. Isn’t she adorable? Maybe that’s why Mary Lee decided to keep her as a pet, kind-of like me only she is not allowed in the house.

Grandma & Grandpa with their last baby, Little

Grandma & Grandpa with their last baby, Little

Here’s another shot of Little when she was little along with Gramps and Grams.

Little is growing up.

Little is growing up.

Notice Gramps eyes! They are not just black pits like mine. Why didn’t I inherit that beautiful color?

Here is a close-up of Little’s face as an adult. She is now seven years old. You can see she did get her father’s eyes. But am I jealous? (Actually, I am.)

Little's beautiful eyes.

Little's beautiful eyes.

If you have been following my story, you will realize that Little and I are fairly closely related. In fact, we are first-cousins-once-removed.  So you’d think we have a lot in common. But here’s another thing, besides the eyes, that we don’t have in common. Little has a pet dog named Bosco. I’m not saying a dog is a better co-pet than a rabbit, but Bosco is a lot bigger than Maple.

Little and her pet dog, Bosco

Little and her pet dog, Bosco

From that photo, you might also notice something else different about me and Little, but this next photo will make it more obvious.

Little with Lisa Hailey

Little with Lisa Hailey

So, do you see the difference? Little weighs over twice as much as me! She is hugantic! I can’t even imagine being so big. Look at her great big legs! But am I jealous?  (Maybe just a bit but what if I didn’t fit in my owner’s car anymore?)

By the way, Mary Lee is writing a book on how to keep capybaras that should be completed by the end of the year. It will be the first book available on that topic so if you’re interested in getting a pet capybara, make sure you check her site for more information as it becomes availabe. (Of course, I’ll also post here when the book becomes available.) The book will also feature fun and funny stories about capybaras that Mary Lee has accumulated over the years and interesting facts about wild capybaras and our predators, including humans.

4 comments to My Arkansas Relatives

  • Cynthia

    These are gorgeous family photos! There’s just nothing more adorable than a little mob of baby capys!

  • neva

    Okay, how in the world did Little grow so large? She’s a big-boned gal and all, but 250 lbs. seems pretty remarkable. I’m not criticizing, mind — there’s just that much more of her to scratch and smooch — but I am curious.

    BTW, Caplin, your eyes are lovely. Like existential ink blots, or biomorphic black holes, or glimpses into the abyss, or raisins in a coconut pie.

  • Little is going on eight years old and loves to eat..eat and eat. She does not have a swimming pool to exercise and has her friend Bosco’s dog food and dog treats that she sneaks. Come and see her anytime as she loves company, well certain people.She is one and half times bigger than the average large capy and yes her last weight was 250..hard to get her on a scale now. We would have to take her to the feed store and weigh her..if I could get her loaded in a car.

  • Oh, baby capybaras are so cute. Thank you for posting this interesting family history and the pictures of your relatives.

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