It finally happened, I had my big debut as Capybara Ambassador. It is fitting that I debuted at the Buda Public Library because Caplin Rous had two big appearances there (you can read about them here) and if I’m going to step into his pawprints, it is good to start in a place where he was well loved.
In the photo above you can see that I’m dragging Melly around a little bit. Okay, I am a big enough capybara to admit that I was nervous. Very nervous. I couldn’t hold still for most of the presentation. And I might have been sweating a little. And shaking. Even so, I think I still made a pretty good impression.
Here are a few of the slides from the presentation.
Excuse me! Why did I get second billing? I was the star! I am not going to do this anymore if I don’t get the recognition I deserve.
I cannot be boiled down into just 13 bullet items and three photos. This slide does seem to prove the saying that a photo is worth 1,000 words.
Melly needs some new wild capybara photos, I’ve seen these too many times. The map is stolen from Wikipedia.
Melly went through a few slides where she showed close-ups of animal parts. The kids had to guess what type of animal they were from and whether that animal was a rodent. Can you guess?
After the kids had all guessed, Melly showed a slide with the complete animal and she told them which is the rodent. (The guinea pig!)
I think all the kids might have gotten this one right.
Flopsy is image D. Image C is a fish that jumped into Melly’s boat in Venezuela.
After a few more slides where kids identified the rodents, Melly put up this slide featuring a bunch of cute rodents. I wonder if my fans can identify all of them?
Then there was a slide of just photos of me. Honestly, what is that one of me using the bathroom doing in there? I’m sure the kids don’t want to see something like that.
I don’t know why people thought it was so strange that I wanted to sit in a chair. Okay, so the kids were sitting on the floor but Rick always brings his own chair to things like this. Maybe Melly was supposed to sit here, I don’t know, but she wasn’t in it when I saw it and it’s not like her name was on it or anything.
After the talk, all the kids wanted to get their picture taken with me. Melly got me a smaller chair and I got up on that for the photos. It worked out quite well, I hope. Our photos all turned out blurry.
I got tired of sitting on the chair so toward the end of the photo shoot, when most people were gone, I got up on the top of this little grandstand and held court there. That is Nic Lara with my leash. I’m pretty sure I could drag him all over town but I like him so I stayed with him.
Not all my fans are children. A lot of adults came up to pet me and get their photos taken. And I think the adults asked just as many questions as the kids did. I’m glad I’m a capybara for all ages.