This is me on the day I came to live with Melly and my Rick. I wasn’t even 10 months old yet. I sure had a big head! And I was scared of everything. But the point of this blog post is my fur. See how nice and red it is? And how short? It is a little longer on my body than on my head, but not by a whole lot. That is baby capybara fur.
The photo above shows Caplin Rous when he was not quite one month old. You can see that his fur was very red all over his body and it was all the same length. That is how the fur is on all baby capybaras.
This is what Caplin Rous looked like when he was my age. You can see that the fur on his body had gotten longer and lighter in color while the fur on his face was still short and red.
Here’s another photo showing how spectacular Caplin Rous’ fur was. It doesn’t look as light colored in this photo but I think that is because it was taken at sunset.
Well, Dobbye Winnick has been making fun of me and asking me when I was going to get my “big boy fur.”
I guess it doesn’t make me look any older to be snuggling Super Capy, but you can see that at two years old my fur was still all red and fairly short. Melly said I shouldn’t be in a hurry to grow up, but I couldn’t help dreaming about the day my fur would be long. Is it true blonds have more fun? I wanted to be a blond and see.
I don’t know exactly when it happened, but in the last year and a half, I quietly acquired full-blown adult capybara fur! In fact, I think my fur is more beautiful and dramatic than Dobbye’s and maybe–dare I say it?–even Caplin’s! It’s not as long, I think, but it makes a very sharp contrast with my face that I think certain capybaras lack. Plus, I have the whitish cap on my forehead that is typical of my family (the offspring of Capy and Scarlet at Kapi’yva Exotics).
The photo above gives a good idea of how long my fur is. But you might be asking why it all looks like it’s red. That’s an interesting thing about my fur, even though it is now blond when it is dry, it is still red when it is wet! I’m a chameleon capybara! A capy of a different color! I wonder if Dobbye can do that.