As Caplin Rous’ 5th birthday approaches, I miss him more than ever so I started going through my old photos of him. I have thousands of them, most never viewed by anyone but me, and I decided to share a few every day from now until his birthday on July 10th.
In the above photo Caplin Rous is about six weeks old. Still all head and big eyes. I still can’t believe someone took his four siblings and left him behind. I am sure he was the cutest little ‘bura in his litter.
I put this tiger themed rug that I got in India on a chair so that Caplin could sleep right next to me when I was working on the computer. Like all babies, he slept a lot in those days. He’s almost three months old in this shot. He always stayed as close to me as he could.
Baby capybaras always follow their band and never stray very far from the group. When Caplin was little, I used to be able to trust him to just run along with me. As they get older, wild capy babies become more independent, and so did Caplin Rous. Past a certain age, maybe six months or so, I always kept his harness on when we went out of the yard although he did not always have to wear his leash. In this photo he is nearly three months old.
Caplin wore a harness most of the time whether he needed it or not. This really helped when he got older, heavier and stronger. He was used to being harnessed and used to walking on a leash. In the photo above he is five months old and down for another romp in the creek.
Caplin was great about wearing costumes or posing with props for photos. Even so, there were a lot of takes for most of his holiday shots. Here’s one that didn’t quite make the cut for his first Thanksgiving photo. But look at the his adorable little face!
We must have had a mild winter that year because here is Caplin Rous accompanying me when I was feeding the horses one morning. He liked to climb the stacked hay and nibble on it. As you can see in the above two photos, Caplin had a bit of a subtle striping pattern across his chest and front legs.
This is an outtake from his New Year’s photo shoot. Looks like he’s got a little milk on his nose!
Don’t forget that if you’d like to buy a Caplin Rous Commemorative Necklace, they are on sale for $15 until his birthday.