Maybe it’s just my vanity talking, but I believe capybaras are about the cutest animals alive. So look at this plastic toy capybara pictured above. What is up with that? Does that even look like a capybara at all? What’s with the red eyes? What’s with the long, pointy snout? Why is the small toe on the front foot on the inside of the foot rather than the outside where it belongs? This toy was not made by anyone who has ever seen a capybara. We are the Kings of Cute and that thing is hideous. I wish no one would ever buy one…except that it is offered by The Tapir Preservation Fund and they are one of my favorite charities. What a dilemma!
Then my owner got this brilliant idea when she saw on ad on FaceBook. There is a company called I Am A Stuffed Animal and they said they could make anyone into a stuffed animal. So my owner thought she’d get them to make one of me.
I think they tried really hard and I do like the way they captured my fur and my face, but we didn’t realize that the stuffed animal came in only one shape: human. A capybara is nothing without his shape. My nose really cannot be rendered flat like a human’s. We all felt bad with how disappointed we were with the outcome because they guys at I Am a Stuffed Animal were really nice. After we got the stuffed me, we couldn’t talk to them anymore because we didn’t want them to ask us how we liked it.
I suppose most of you have seen this YouTube video of me with a Kapibara-san toy?
Kapibara-san comes from Japan and they love capybaras there. But, cute as he is, Kapibara-san does not look like a capybara. They got it right that we have a giant nose but, really, we are not all nose! And we have legs you know, how else could we swim?
There is a rather cute stuffed capybara available in the UK.
This one’s name is Carpincho, which is one of the many Spanish words for capybara. He was just visiting me and actually lives in Russia. Here’s a cute post about him. Here’s a link to where you can buy one for yourself.
There are actually two versions of stuffed capybara available in the UK. Here’s a link to the second. This one includes the following “helpful” information:
Capybaras live in the forested areas in South America around water as they are aquatic creatures. They are found on the far East and Northeast regions of the country. They also live in African rainforests. They like densely forested areas near bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and marshes such as flooded savannah and along rivers in tropical forest.
That’s pretty hard to figure out since they say we live in South America, a continent, but “on the far East and Northeast regions of the country.” Makes no sense. And then that we live in Africa which is totally bogus. Oh well.
Speaking of plush capybaras, don’t forget Capulet, the toy capybara belonging to my friend Michelle. He is a one-of-a-kind, handmade toy though so you’ll never see another like him.
So you can see that there aren’t many possibilities for toy capybaras, so my owner got really excited when she found this cute little capybara online.
That is pretty cute! And he has a friend who is standing up. We ordered a set right away but it has to come all the way from Japan and they only just started being available on June 1st so we haven’t received ours yet.
And then the most wonderful thing happened! My friend Angie Wallace came to visit and she is some kind of toy artist! Seriously, I mean it. She brought the most amazing toy capybara with her and it’s not even just some random capybara, it is actually a toy version of me!
Do you see how cute I am as a toy? No? Then look at this:
Do you see me kissing Angie? This is how much I love the toy. And I didn’t even bite her chin off, which I totally could have.
I love how Angie made me sitting in a colorful wading pool. And look at the great job she did on my toes! I have to say, I am kind-of in love with me. I wish you all could have toy Caplin Rous’ of your own but Angie said I am too unique to duplicate. Maybe if everyone leaves a comment begging her to make more, she will change her mind. But you know how artists are, they have to follow their muse.
I just want to end this post with a big