Wesley Stands

Through the hoop!

Through the hoop, Wesley!

I think I sometimes overlook Wesley in favor of Fiona in these blog posts. That is partly because she is Garibaldi’s sister and partly because she’s a bit more photogenic. But Wesley has a ton of personality too, and he’s really his own capybara as you’ll see in today’s post.

Stand up for corn, Wesley!

Stand up for corn, Wesley!

When I started working with these two, Fiona almost immediately learned to stand. It took Wesley a whole lot longer, partly because he could not understand the concept of looking up for food. Food was on the ground or in his bowl but never above his head and he just could not figure it out. Then again, he’s bigger and clumsier than Fiona so it was hard for him to stand. It was quite a breakthrough when he discovered he could lean against the fence.

In the photo above, you’ll notice that he is standing very high on his hind legs. This requires a lot more balance and hence the need for the support of the fence.

Get that nose up!

Get that nose up!

It is really hard for me to take photos at all since my brain hemorrhage and consequent loss of vision. That isn’t made any easier by having to hold the camera (my phone in the case of the photo above), and the food while tempting a huge rodent to balance somewhat precariously on his hind legs.

Out of frame

Out of frame

This is what I’m talking about, Wesley got a little bit out of frame for this shot. Still, I wanted to use it because you can see into his dangerous gaping jaws that are ready to snap my fingers off! Oops, I mean his cute little mouth.

There you go, Wesley!

There you go, Wesley!

The photos above were taken toward the end of October, when Wesley was first learning to stand. He’s gotten a whole lot better at it since then. And I got Rick’s help for taking some photos. This allowed me to use my good camera rather than my phone, and to get a better perspective.

Two capys, one corn.

Two capys, one corn.

Fiona is in the foreground here with Wesley in the back. She is pretty quick to stand up so Wesley didn’t stand a chance of getting this first piece of corn.

Fiona "standing."

Fiona “standing.”

Alright, Fiona doesn’t really stand. She sits up, pretty much the way a dog would beg. This is a fairly stable position and she can hold it for a while. Sometimes I am able to feed her two or three pieces of apple before she loses her balance and has to go down to all fours again.

Trying to stand!

Trying to stand!

I love the way they fold their cute little paws against their body.

Fiona's turn again.

Fiona’s turn again.

You can clearly see in the photo above that Fiona is sitting on her hind end rather than really standing.

Here's your treat, Fiona.

Here’s your treat, Fiona.

Sometimes it’s hard to resist putting things on their heads. Capys look so cute with food on them. Now if only we had a pancake!

Wesley standing tall!

Wesley standing tall!

It might not look like Wesley has his butt very far off the ground in this shot, but it’s enough to make his stand pretty unstable. It’s my hope that he won’t try to regain his balance by grabbing someone’s hand with his teeth! There are those adorable paws again!

Time for a break.

Time for a break.

Learning to stand is hard work and a capy needs a break and a reward. Here’s Wesley looking super poofy as only he can. He’s the poofiest capybara I know of.

Down to business

Down to business

Wesley in front, Fiona in the back, getting down to the business of eating.

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Wesley Stands!

Wesley sometimes takes a couple of steps when he is standing, but he is not very stable. Caplin Rous could actually walk on his hind legs, as you can see if you watch the video below.

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Caplin Rous learns to walk

 I never taught Garibaldi Rous to stand because he had a deformity in his hind legs and I did not want to stress him. He could stand on his pool table though with the water supporting part of his weight.

8 comments to Wesley Stands

  • Fred Ross

    Melanie: I hope you are mending well. Is it possible Wesley and Fiona might have capibabies and that you might be able to bring one home to Buda as your pet? – Fred Ross up in Solon, Ohio; my wife and I have enjoyed your blog for many years.

  • Garibaldi Rous

    Wesley and Fiona had one baby about 13 months ago. Her name is Mia and she is living in Arizona now. I wrote some posts about her when I saw her during the BlogPaws conference this year.

    We are tracking Wesley and Fiona’s weights and it looks like Fiona might be putting on a little extra. Hopefully it means that she is pregnant. We have our fingers crossed.

  • Evelyn Baker

    Glad to see your post. Wesley is certainly the poufiest capybarar I’ve ever seen. I love to see your posts about Fiona and Wesley.

  • francine

    what amazing progress! I never saw so much poufiness, too, Wesley must have really been relaxed!

  • ColorMaven

    So good to hear from you and about the progress of Wesley and Fiona. If Fiona is, indeed, expecting, when is a little capy anticipated?

  • Garibaldi Rous

    Gestation is about 150-160 days, but we’d have to know when it started, which we don’t. It’s probably just wishful thinking.

  • That is very, very pouffy, indeed! I could use some thick fur this winter!

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