There are some things I don’t understand about humans. Take, for example, the photo of me with John Berman from ABC’s news program, 20/20. He asked me to kiss him! So why is he making that face? And, according to his ABC profile, he has been a war correspondent. Is he really afraid of a capybara?
But I can’t be too hard on John, his interview with me on 20/20 (either Oct. 8th or Oct. 29th, 2010) is a great opportunity to advance my cause as Capybara Ambassador. Maybe I shouldn’t even use that photo…nah, it’s too cute not to use.
Let me start at the beginning.
Last Sunday at 9:30 am, the crew for the 20/20 shoot arrived to spend the day with me. It started out fine with a few popsicles fed to me by the crew before they started to film. Then John Berman showed up and came out on the front porch to meet me. Like the camera crew, he brought popsicles, which I was more than happy to eat.
After he and my owner chatted some on the porch, they moved to the living room. I don’t like being left behind so I came in too. It was really weird though, they didn’t seem to like where our furniture currently was, everything had to be repositioned. And they brought all these big, hot lights. I sat on the couch to watch (once it’s position was stabilized) and my owner sat next to me. John sat in our (also newly positioned) blue chair.
I was a pretty good capybara for a long, long time while they moved this and fiddled with that. My owner always has a lot of nice things to say about capybaras and about me in particular but I’ve heard it all before–boring! Do you see Capycoppy there at the other end of the couch? He is way more patient than I am! He didn’t fidget at all.
Eventually we moved outside. After a brief interlude where I made it clear I wasn’t much interested in swimming in the pool, we went down to Capybara Creek, which was much more satisfactory.
I had a fun time in the creek even though I prefer some privacy while swimming, which I totally didn’t get. I got out on the far bank and managed to get a few minutes of grazing in before I was hauled back to the house.
We went into the computer room where they filmed me using mind control to get my owner to type for me. I’m not sure exactly what she typed though because after a while Kim Launier sat next to me and started feeding me the seed heads from my Timothy hay. I might have forgotten to give proper direction to my owner during part of that time.
Afterward I was so grateful that I tried to kiss Kim but she shied away. That hurt my little feelings.
To round out the day, we went out to dunch at a place where they have a playground, a fountain and lots of kids.
Dunch was at a sports bar. I’m not into sports or, for that matter, a fan of very many human activities. I tried to ignore the TVs blasting the game at an absurd volume. I liked finding out that so many sports fans are also capybara fans though. Who knew?
I got a feel for what it would be like to live in a zoo with the crowd of people watching me through the glass from inside the restaurant. I think I’m happier as a pet.
Finally the day was over, the film crew, John Berman and Kim Launier all left. I got a good graze in as the sun set on a hectic day.
The good news is that I managed to keep my New Year’s resolution not to bite anyone. The other good news is that I bet I will be super cute when the show airs and millions of people will fall in love with capybaras. If you are one of those people, please leave me a comment!