School Visit: Reilly Elementary


Here we go again!

It’s not easy being a Capybara Ambassador (in training). It’s not all tweeting and posting cute photos. Some of it involves actual, inperson (incapybara?) interaction…with children! I’m not saying I’m scared of children or anything, after all, they’re just baby humans, but there is something a little intimidating about them. Maybe it’s how active they are. Or how noisy. Or that there are always a lot of them. But it’s an important part of my job so I do it willingly, even if I do shake a little and sweat a lot.


In the parking lot

I decided to wear my Super Capy cape to make me feel braver. I wish it worked better with my leash, though. The darned leash is always pulling the cape to one side. Here I am in the school parking lot, getting ready to make my big appearance.


Me with the school sign

So here I am with the school sign. You can see what a problem the leash is with my cape. Still, having it off one shoulder like that is making a pretty bold fashion statement.


Welcome Garibaldi!

Here we are at the school. Do you see that great sign the kids made?  This is the first time anyone has ever made a sign for me. And the sign is really wonderful, but before I go into it, I want to talk about the kids.

For this visit, I was Capybara Ambassador (in training) for two second grade classes. These kids were so smart! They knew the answers to almost all of Melly’s questions. The even knew the second largest rodent is the beaver. And they all identified the porcupine quill right away. Plus a bunch of the kids have pet hamsters or guinea pigs at home. Oh, that reminds me that we brought Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st along and all the kids got to hold him. They didn’t let him go even once and no one dropped him either. So not only were the kids smart, they were good with animals. And not only were they good with animals, they were all very well behaved. They almost always raised their hands instead of blurting out a question or an answer.

Melly gave away three Super Capys to kids for answering tough questions. See if you can answer them.

  1. Name a country where capybaras live in the wild?
  2. What is the most dangerous predator for capybaras?
  3. How long does it take a capybara to reach adult weight?

The answers are at the bottom of this post.

Okay, so here are some of the images on the poster. There is a poll in the right hand pane, use that to vote for your three favorites.


Vacation Capybara

Capybara Astronaut

Super Capy

Mariachi Capy

Birthday Capy

Capybara Driver

Monster Capybara

Capy Clown

Hola Muchacha!

I believe it is going to be very difficult to decide on just three to vote for. They are all so amazing!


  1. Some possibilities are: Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay
  2. Humans – this is the correct answer for almost all animals
  3. About one year

20 comments to School Visit: Reilly Elementary

  • Melly is a wonderful “Mom”

  • Heather

    Gari, it looks like you have a unicorn horn in the vacation capybara picture.

  • Laurie Coppola

    So glad the kids were not only good with you and WBBII, but also knowledgeable about animals! Your ambassador duties are very important. You are brave and doing so well 🙂

  • Joann Taylor

    Good Show Gari!

    I think you would look very spiffy in a space suit!

  • Damien N Sally CHAN

    Good work! Definitely well accepted!

    Successfully boosted the awareness of the existence of capybara, the largest species of rodents on earth!

    Way to go, Gari, way to go.

  • Janet Lutkus

    Wow Gari, you’ve come along way. And those kids sound really smart and exceptionally well behaved. You look soooo handsome in your cape. You are an amazing Capybassador! 🙂

  • Kathryn

    All the drawings are excellent! Great job kids!

  • Punkin

    Your cape was very stylish worn off one shoulder!

  • Laurie Coppola

    Ooh, I didn’t see all the cute photos of you across the top, when I read the blog on FB! Looking good :)I also think the cape is a great fashion statement for you 🙂

  • It’s hard work being a capybassador, but you do a great job Gari!

  • Lisa

    oh gari all those drawings are so great i cant pick just one! sounds like you and your sidekick WBB1 are a great team!

  • Stephanie Labbate

    Sounds liks a GREAT visit! Your super cape off to the side makes you look VERY dashing!

    The kids’ pictures are amazing!

    You COULD be the first Capy in space!

    Good job, Gari!!!

  • Nancy Piccirilli

    Gari, I’ve missed two of your blogs! New email address. Keep cool, Gari.
    Love from Nancy

  • Absolutely love all the wonderful drawings. What a talented group of children.

  • Shannon Zapf

    This looks like it was a great visit! Lucky kids!!!

  • I can only imagine how fascinated those children were to see this “giant hamster”. Looked like a lot of fun.

    Would you happen to know of any Capybaras in Southern California that make school visits?

  • What a cheerful sign & all of the drawings are very creative, it’s too hard to choose a favorite. The kids must’ve been extra excited to see you, since they had learned so much about capys already. They do sound very polite, which probably helped you to be less nervous, too. I don’t know if I could go up in front of a large group of kids & not be scared. You(and Melly & Winston Barcode) are very brave.
    And what a cool fashion statement with your cape. Anyone can wear them in the usual way, but you look quite dashing with the over one shoulder method.
    I am so envious of those who get to meet you incapybara, that would be such a wonderful treat.

  • Errin Garcia

    Thank you so much for visiting us. Gari made a huge splash with everyone at Reilly. Hope to see you again next year.

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