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Caplin Rous 07/10/2007 – 01/04/2011

Caplin on Dec. 31, 2010

Sometimes things happen that there is just no way to prepare yourself for. Sometimes it seems like your world has fallen apart. That is how I feel now. Caplin Rous was the glue that held my life together. You might think you can see that from his presence on the web and on TV but that doesn’t capture it. The first thing I heard every morning when I got up was his cute little happy Geiger counter noise and it was the last sound I heard at night, at least until he eeped to wake me  for a midnight snack.

I’m going to let this blog speak for Caplin’s life, what a wonderful, cute and unique animal he was, his tremendous personality and his gentle nature. I can’t add significantly to that in a single post.

I’d like to thank everyone who has sent notes on Facebook or twitter or posted comments on this blog or any of his accounts or sent me personal emails. I have literally received  thousands of messages of condolence and it makes me cry to think how many people’s lives he touched and how many people will miss him. Thank you. It helps to know this. I wish I could respond to all of you individually but, to be honest, I haven’t responded to anyone because I just don’t feel up to it.

We still don’t know what happened to Caplin. He had been irritable for a couple of days but nothing serious. When I left for work Monday morning, he seemed fine. By the time I got home, he could hardly walk. I got his harness on him and was able to lead him to the car but I had to help him get in. I rushed him to Texas A&M University small animal hospital because they were the only ones I thought might have the expertise to help. It was the longest 140 miles of my life. By the time we got there, Caplin could hardly move.

An hour or so after we arrived at A&M, Caplin had a seizure and the vet had to give him a sedative to bring him out of it. After that, he was never really conscious again. He died the next afternoon from another seizure right after completing a head MRI. A full necropsy is being done but preliminary findings indicate chronic liver disease that at the end manifested as encephalopathy. Apparently Caplin had been sick for a long time but never shown any outward signs of it.

I will write a new post when we have the final results of the necropsy.

If you would like to help with Caplin’s medical expenses, please consider purchasing a Capycoppy plush animal from www.CaplinRous.com. We expect to set up a charity in his name and will use excess funds to seed that. When we have that in place, I will post about it on this blog.

Rolling in a dry Capybara Creek 12/11/2010

107 comments to Caplin Rous 07/10/2007 – 01/04/2011

  • Dee Engel

    I wish I would have met Caplin but feel as though “we” were friends through Facebook and Twitter – he conversed with Zorro many times. I know your loss is heart-breaking. Thank you for sharing Caplin with the world.

  • Lisa Knizek

    Melanie, I’m so sorry about Caplin. I’ve been heartbroken since I heard about his passing earlier this week. Crying now as I write this… Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderfully special and unique being with all of us.

  • Lee Collins

    Caplins is and always be the most loved rodent in the world, he will be for ever remembered.
    RIP Caplin Rous

  • Smokey Pino

    I, like so many others, am in shock about his sudden passing. I will never forget his love of yogurt and popsicles. I miss you Caplin! Hugs

  • Emily

    The world was a brigher place with Caplin Rous and his passing is very sad. I am sorry for your loss. It must be very difficult to write this blog post and, if it is any comfort at all, Caplin’s friends appreciate your thoughtfulness in letting us know how he passed. I hope sincerely that your grief will pass in time.

  • im so sorry he was the best and i know skittles and oreo had a friendship : ) rest in peace my dearest caplin we hope u have a safe trip to heaven even tho we did not meet we were friends i knew it so did skittles and oreo

  • Loretta Hunt

    I am so sad that Caplin has passed away.I am ill and don’t have much of a happyness in my own life.But what little happiness I had was seeing him and reading about him.I never met him but my experience with this special creature was very precious to me.I only found out about him a year ago.To me 3 is way too young to go.At least he had kind and loving home.Loretta Hunt,Your Facebook friend.

  • Beth

    I will miss the sweet face of Caplin. I loved reading his blog every morning. He put a smile on my face. Even though I never met him, I feel like I knew him because the way he was portrayed as a lovable, sweet, little man. Forever in my heart.

  • Kim

    I’m so shocked and saddened about Caplin, it was just too sudden. Animals should be with us forever, and they always go too soon. He was a great ambassador for his species and for critters in general, and I know he was such a happy and loved member of your family. Huge condolences and hugs, many many people are thinking about you and sending their love.

  • Maggie

    I enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading about the exploits of Caplin. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Robin Eatmon

    Thank you for sharing Caplin with us. I hope the community built around him can keep going in some form. I miss his little face on facebook.

  • francine

    I cry whenver I see Caplin’s picture. Thank you so much for sharing his life with us–you brought me a lot of happiness! Please extend my regards to Sheldon, too. Looking forward to my Cappycopy.

  • Karen Edie

    I am so sorry for all who knew and loved him personally and sorry for all of us who wish we had. To go thru a sudden
    tragedy is always very difficult.

    Thank you for Caplin!

  • We have ordered a Cappycopy, I hope that it helps. We loved Caplin on Twitter, and our hearts break for you. Only animal lovers can truly understand the pain of losing a beloved pet. {{hugs}}

  • Ugh. I can’t imagine how you must feel. I just so recently *met* Caplin online and his tweets were just such a fun spark in my day! I bought my Cappycopy today and will send a photo when he arrives. I’m sure it seems impossible now, but I hope you will meet another curious mammal and can help share still another perspective with all of us! You gave Caplin his voice, so he will continue on! 🙂

    Blessings from Tennessee.

  • Catherine

    Thank you for sharing with us the extraordinary Caplin Rous. My children and I, who adored him since seeing him on TV, fell in love with him through his FB posts and website. We’ll never forget Caplin xo

  • Milana

    Melanie,

    When I found out about Caplin I actually had to stop what I was doing for about ten or fifteen minutes and get ahold of myself. I was so incredibly saddened to hear about his passing. I spent the rest of the evening rather depressed about his passing.

    Caplin was a wonderful creature who was kind, handsome, and felt like a broom; a very, very handsome broom. I consider myself very lucky to have met him, and even luckier to have pictures of me with him… especially one of him nibbling on my hair. Caplin will be sorely missed, but know that he brought a lot of joy to a lot of people, and you did everything you could.

    Rest In Peace, sweet capybara.

  • Christina Yarosh

    Thank you, Melanie, for sharing Caplin with us. Caplin’s antics always made me giggle and smile. He was an amazing fellow, and he will be missed.

  • Ann

    I’m so sorry for your loss. And our loss! Caplin was beyond special and I’m so grateful you shared him with all of us. Lots of furry love and peace to you and yours–best wishes.

  • Caplin was the best brother anyone could ever have. I miss you, big dude!

  • Amy

    Melanie,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. When I heard the sad news a few days ago, I cried my eyes out. Losing such a special fuzzy guy can be so so difficult. However, he is now in heaven with every other animal you have lost and he is eating all the popsicle’s his little heart desires.

  • Jess

    Rest in peace Caplin.

    You touched my life more than I realized. When I came home from work and checked facebook and found out that Caplin was gone, I burst into tears and didn’t stop crying for quite a while. Caplin was such an amalgamation of my dog and my precious guinea pigs. Such a character, so different, so unique, and so wonderful. One of the most innocent and wonderful creatures, you were so loved and to lose you so sudden, it breaks all of our hearts.

    You will be missed Caplin, I hold back tears each time I think of your passing.

  • rosenatti

    He was, and is, the world’s greatest ‘bara.

  • Ginger

    I know exactly how you feel having just been through something very similar with one of my guinea pigs Oct. 2010. I will miss him too.

  • Mike L.

    Best wishes. Don’t forget to keep your sights on all the animals you have yet to love.

  • I’m so sorry he’s gone. It was too sudden. We, Caplin’s fans all over the world, have had wonderful time with Caplin. In addition, I could meet Caplin face to face. It was a great time. Caplin gave me a lot of joy. As a charity, I hope to join it even from JP if there is anything I can do. I will always love Caplin.

  • So sorry to see you go, Caplin. The world is a much less cute place without you.

  • Alex

    Oh my God….

    I am crying.

    No, not him….

  • Petranef

    I am mourning him. My condolences and love to his family. He did make a difference in my life, and I’ll remember him forever.

  • val adams

    I cannot imagine what you must be going thru, Melanie. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing Caplin with all of us and teaching us about the awesomeness that is the Capybara! Caplin, you will be forever missed! And loved!

    Love always, Val

  • Alex

    Melani, how can we help you escept for what you wrote here?

  • Boris

    RIP, Caplin.

  • Lissa

    Dearest Melanie,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My friend and I used to joke about meeting Caplin and Dobby and going to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. I’ll miss the funny little You Tube clips and seeing his daily comments on Facebook. I know the pain I am feeling is nothing compared to how you feel. I wish there was something I could do to make it easier. Trust me, you may not be feeling it now, but time does heal all wounds. Sometimes, A LOT of time.

    I agree with what a few others have posted. I hope you consider another pet to share with us, in time. I read in a Chicken Soup book that a little boy didn’t want to get another dog after his previous one died. He told his dad it was too hard when they left and he didn’t want to deal with that. He dad mentioned that he should think about all the love and joy he would be missing by not sharing it with another dog. Caplin will let you know when it’s time, and I’m sure he would want you to share the love you had for him with another.

    Please remember we all love you and care deeply. Take care and hugs.

  • Precious Caplin, we have all loved you so much and we are so heartbroken. It seems impossible that our dear friend is gone. You were the bright and joyous spot in our day. Your clever and witty posts were so much fun to read and we loved to watch your videos over and over. Somehow, you were able to touch a place in our hearts that is rarely reached. And, amazingly, you did this for your friends throughout the world. Truly, you were an ambassador of love for us all and you have made a difference in all of our lives. Sweet Caplin, rest in the arms of our love. We will never forget you and will hold you in our hearts forever.

  • Kelly Chen

    Hi Melanie,

    I am so sorry for you loss, I know how difficult this must be for you. I am still having a real hard time to process this awful news and it just doesn’t seem real or I just don’t want to believe that Caplin is gone. I can’t even imagine what you are going through right now, and even though I don’t know Caplin personally, but reading his blogs, and facebook updates were my daily “happy pill”, and I feel that he was (still is) like family to me. Caplin had brought so many people joy, he will never be forgotten and thank you so much for sharing his life with us!!

    I will be purchasing Caplin’s stuff animal, and I would also like to donate monthly to Caplin’s charity fund if you will be allowing that!

    Please know we are all here for you!

    with much love,
    Kelly

  • Teresa

    Lissa said it all for me! (see below)

    Lissa
    January 7, 2011 at 2:12 am
    Dearest Melanie,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My friend and I used to joke about meeting Caplin and Dobby and going to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. I’ll miss the funny little You Tube clips and seeing his daily comments on Facebook. I know the pain I am feeling is nothing compared to how you feel. I wish there was something I could do to make it easier. Trust me, you may not be feeling it now, but time does heal all wounds. Sometimes, A LOT of time.

    I agree with what a few others have posted. I hope you consider another pet to share with us, in time. I read in a Chicken Soup book that a little boy didn’t want to get another dog after his previous one died. He told his dad it was too hard when they left and he didn’t want to deal with that. He dad mentioned that he should think about all the love and joy he would be missing by not sharing it with another dog. Caplin will let you know when it’s time, and I’m sure he would want you to share the love you had for him with another.

    Please remember we all love you and care deeply. Take care and hugs.

  • Dyan Guarrera

    Melanie, On behalf of so many people around the world who had never been as lucky as you to experience a Capybara in person, I want to thank you for sharing your family with all of us. Some of us had only seen pictures in books, animals in zoos or on tv, or had never even seen a capybara at all. You introduced so many people to what these wonderful creatures were all about. It was entertaining, educational, and even a personal look into your own life. Yet you welcomed so many people from around the globe in. We are so grateful to have had the chance to meet, get to know, and learn about Caplin. We all have you to thank for that. It’s been hard reading all the posts, but it just confirms what I said- he was loved the world over and will be missed. Most of us wish we could have met him in person. We’ll have your postings & pictures to remember him by. Again, I thank you so much for letting us in. I know you are hurting, but it will ease in time. Just go at your own pace and remember that there are lots of people around the world who are hurting with you and many shoulders to lean on.

    Thank you again.
    Dyan

  • Clare

    To borrow a bit of Pericles:

    ‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’

    Caplin touched so many lives, and while he may be gone, he will never be forgotten.

  • Julia

    I only ever heard of Caplin from 20/20 in October 2010. In the very short 3 months we were friends on Facebook, Caplin touched my heart more than most people have touched my heart in their entire lifetime. I honestly feel as tho I’ve lost a friend, and I’m truly grieving for him. RIP, my little buddy, I’ll never forget you.

  • Graham

    This is completely heartbreaking. Like everyone I had expected Caplin to be around for years to come and the sudden manifestation of his illness and passing is so hard to come to terms with. I’ve been thinking of Caplin constantly since hearing the news on Wednesday and somehow feel a mixture of anger, frustration and overwhelming sadness at this unfair and cruel twist of fate.

  • Lacey

    I’m so sorry to hear about Caplin. I loved hearing his opinion on flavored yogurts–a real connoisseur!–and seeing his expertly narrated adventures around town.

    Your voice brought him to life for people who only knew him online. You have a real gift of expression, which could only have stemmed from deep love, happiness, and companionship with Caplin.

    Thank you for sharing your love of Caplin with us. What a lucky little fellow he was to have you in his life.

  • Ceridwen

    I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Take care of yourself.

  • Michelle

    I suggest an additional line to the poem from the last post: Every life is more or less touched by a capybara. I feel very fortunate to have been in the “more” category, and I will always treasure my visit with him. Melanie, thank you so much for sharing Caplin with the world. It is a slightly sadder place for many without him.

  • Beverly Boher

    Caplin I will miss you tremendously. I so wanted to meet you in person. Thank you Melanie for sharing him with us. I have ordered my capycoppy and I will always cherish it.

  • Robyn

    My heart is aching for you. He was adorable. I know a pet is really a family memember and we grieve as if we’ve lost a child. Sending you love and strength to get through this most difficult time in you life. xxoo

  • Sue Walker

    My whole family so enjoyed the posts and videos of Caplin. We send our heartfelt condolences. We know this is a very hard time.

  • Joann

    Like everyone else, I, too am so sorry about Caplin’s loss. Having lost pets that were both young and old, I know that you are never really prepared to lose them, regardless of their ages or the circumstances. When I heard about Caplin’s loss, it brings back the memories of my past critters and how much they were loved and are missed.

    Please give extra scruffles and hugs to all of Caplin’s co-pets, who must also be missing him.

    I hope that, in time, all of the wonderful documentation that you did of Caplin’s life will provide you with a measure of comfort and happy memories. Know that both you and he did a tremendous amount to teach the world about capybaras and about creating and treasuring the bond between pets and their humans.

    Joann

  • Lisa

    I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  • J.

    I was so saddened to hear about Caplin. In fact, it really surprised me how upset I got. Who knew a capybara could have such an effect on so many people. I’ll miss hearing his stories. I’m so sorry for you and your family losing him so soon. <3

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    How can the death of a sweet, fluffy, gregarious, astounding animal touch so many of us? Why? It’s easy. Caplin was funny, friendly, vocal (with the help of his owner) and sooo beloved. He reminded all of us that goodness comes in many forms. Even in a Rodent Of Unusual Size.
    I will miss those funny blogs, reporting his daily activities. And boy, did I wait for the videos. Often times, they made my day.
    Tonight, when I gaze up into the wide-open sky, I will look for the brightest, shiniest star.
    And I will name it Caplin.

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