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Update on Blancanieves

Blancanieves exploring with her brother

Blancanieves exploring with her brother

Some of you may recall my post about a baby white capybara born on Christmas day. I said she was born in Bolivia but that was not true.  She was actually born at M’Bopicuá Breeding Station in Uruguay.  Her caretaker,  Juan Villalba-Macias, wrote me and explained my mistake. He also told me she is doing great and he sent some photos of her for me to share with my readers (after the break).

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Life With a Capybara

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Morning capybara!

Morning comes early at my house. Weekends or weekdays, a certain capybara named Caplin Rous wants his morning yogurt. He has various ways of making this known. The most subtle wake up is one where he sits on the floor or lies on the bed and eeps periodically. Eeping is that I call the soft, high-pitched noise he makes when he wants something. Guinea pigs call this a wheek. It sounds something like a one-note bird call. To wake me he’ll eep quietly, wait thirty seconds or so and eep again just loudly enough to keep me awake. As far as I know, he can keep it up forever.

Another wake-up tactic is to tap me on the face. This is not subtle at all. He comes out from under the covers, climbs onto my pillow with his face directly above mine and not-so-gently taps me on the nose or the cheek or even on the eye or mouth with his large, heavy paw. Sometimes I try to hide under the pillow but this is no good since his 100 lb weight it holding it down.

Might as well get up.

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カピバラとの暮らし

飼い主のブログ

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うちでは朝が早い。週日も週末も、Caplin Rousというカピバラが朝ご飯のヨーグルトが欲しいといってくるからだ。いろんな方法で知らせてくる。最初はそっと、床に座るか寝ころがってときどきクーンクーンといってる。何かがほしいときの、小さな高い声だ。ギニアピッグはwheekというらしいが、なんだか鳥の鳴き声みたい。静かに鳴いて、30秒かそこら待って、今度はもっと大きく鳴いて、起こそうとする。ほっとくといつまでもやっている。

そのうち顔の上をトントンたたいてくる。これはぜんぜんそっとじゃない。カバーのしたから抜け出し、私の枕にのって、自分の顔を私の顔にのっけて、鼻やほほや目を大きな前足でトントンするのだ。私は枕に隠れようとするけれど、体重50キロの重みには勝てない。

そろそろおきなきゃ。

Waiting for yogurt.

ヨーグルト、まだかな

I need some water here!

水をいれてよ!

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Carpincho’s New Year

Me with Carpincho

Me with Carpincho

The photo above shows me with my little stuffed capybara friend Carpincho. Carpincho means capybara in Spanish. That’s kind-of funny because Carpincho was born in England and now lives in Russia! He’s a world citizen capybara.

Carpincho lives with my friend Lina in Moscow. The two of them made this excellent slide show of their winter holiday and I just had to show it to all my fans. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, I’m sure Lina would love to read comments from you, so please post your impressions.

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カルピンチョのお正月

Me with Carpincho

カルピンチョと僕

上の写真は、ぬいぐるみのカピバラのお友達、カルピンチョで、カルピンチョはスペイン語でカピバラといういみなんだって。カルピンチョはイギリス生まれで、今は友達のリナと一緒にロシアのモスクワに住んでいるんだから、おかしいよね。世界をまたにかけるカピバラってとこ?二人は冬の休暇のスライドショーをつくってくれたんだけど、とってもすごいから、皆さんにみてほしいんだ。おもしろいと思ったら、リナにあててコメントを書いてあげてね、喜ぶとおもうよ。

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