I am happy to say that I have two of the best capybara stalkers in the world! Nay, dare I say, I have the two very best capy stalkers? I do not see how it can be otherwise. Liz and Marc Capaldi are so obsessed with me that even I can hardly believe it.
Marc and Liz visited me both days this weekend. They have come before and are even thinking of moving to Austin just to be near me! (And maybe some family or something but I’m sure that’s just to make them seem less crazy.)
Saturday Liz forgot her “swimming costume” (Britishisms are so cute!) so she couldn’t get in the water with me. To make it up to her, I did a bunch of cute behaviors and maneuvers that can be appreciated from above water.
My underwater rolling gets them every time. No one can resist it. Just a little hint of a smile and a couple of bubbles and people fall completely in love with me. I kind of wasted it on the Capaldi’s though because they already love me, especially Liz.
I am pretty sure I am just as cute from behind as I am from the front. Still, maybe this is the reason the day went bad. How badly did the day go? Just look at the next photo.
That is me at the Vietnamese restaurant in Kyle, Texas. Those who know me, know that I do not like to go places. This was not my idea and there wasn’t even any food there for me. Okay, I got a couple of cobs of corn but Melly and Rick brought those with us. I could have more easily eaten them at home.
Of course, Liz tried to pet me to calm me down but that really doesn’t cut it, does it? If she really loved me, would she allow me to be tortured like this? On the other hand, I am pretty sure the whole thing was Melly & Rick’s idea. I think they love me, so why did they do this?
That was all on Saturday. Sunday was a brand new day. This time Liz remembered her swim costume.
From inside the pool I am a lot more fun. In case you didn’t know, I like to roll. Rolling is my superpower. I practice it all the time. And I appreciate a little help perfecting my form, as Liz is demonstrating in the photo above. This is fun, but it is also serious business. Someday the world is going to rely on my rolling ability so I need to keep it at it’s highest level of perfection.
Still photos do not do my rolling justice so you’re going to have to watch the video. This should be a pleasure, but it is also a duty. When the time comes, you may be the one who has to make the decision to call on me to save the world. It is best if you know exactly how amazing my superpower is.
Okay, you can get some idea of my rolling powers from still photos like the one above. This photo demonstrates the super nature of my ability. Did you notice I am just as cute upside-down? That is it! Most things are not even cute at all when they are upside-down. They just make you nervous and confused. Everything except me.
Melly says I am like an iceberg, 90% of me is underwater when I swim. That is except when 100% of me is underwater!
Liz tried to get me to do tricks for a few bites of corn-on-the-cob. Usually I am pretty good about this but Liz’s British accent confused me a bit.
Do accents extend to hand signals? I guess they must because I know people who speak sign language in England can’t even understand American sign language. At any rate, I kept misinterpreting Liz’s signals. At first it was frustrating but later I did it on purpose because it was funny.
I had no idea what Liz wanted me to do in this photo but I was getting dizzy from the circles so I decided to try “gimme your paw.”
Eventually I figured out that Liz wanted me to sit up on my hind legs. Humans think this is cute because it reminds them of themselves.
There was one more thing we did. We got in the car and went to a local school.
Melly and Rick are always pushing me outside my comfort zone. That makes me…uncomfortable. They say I have to do it if I’m going to be a good Capybara Ambassador. It almost makes me want to quit. But I did it. I went in the car. I climbed on the playground toys. It is so hard to live up to Caplin Rous’ legacy.