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In Memoriam: Dobby Winnick (Part 3)

Dobby shaking

Melanie’s post

No one who hasn’t shared their life with a capybara knows what it is like. No one who hasn’t loved a capybara knows the emptiness of their loss.

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In Memoriam: Dobby Winnick (Part 2)

Life in the fast lane

This post is a continuation of memories of the most unique Dobby Winnick, Feb 14, 2009 – July 9, 2018. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Dobby Winnick (Part 2)” »

In Memoriam: Dobby Winnick (Part 1)

Dobby Winnick

Melanie’s Post:

This is an especially hard memorial post. Not only was Dobby a superior capybara, but he was also Caplin Rous’ younger brother. And if that weren’t enough, he died on July 9th, one day before Caplin Day, which would have been Caplin’s 11th birthday. Dobby, whose birthday was Feb. 14, 2009, was 9.5 years old when he died.

One of the services provided by the ROUS Foundation for Capybara Veterinary Medicine (RF) is the performance of necropsies on capybaras. We do this because without knowing why capybaras die, we can’t know how to keep them alive. Dobby lived to a respectable age, but of course we would have liked him to live longer. Forever, if possible.

Preliminary results of Dobby’s necropsy show that he died from hepatitis. This is the same thing that killed Caplin Rous. Since they were full brothers, this is suspicious, but without more data it is hard to draw solid conclusions. Please consider making a donation.

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In Memoriam: Cato Ross

Cato Ross, a young capybara

Cato Ross

Seems like there is a lot of sadness in the capybara community lately. Last week we lost a youngster, Cato Ross, beloved friend and companion of Laura Ross. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Cato Ross” »

A Eulogy for Garibaldi Rous

Love

Love

It has been two weeks since Garibaldi Rous died so I guess I’d better get on with it and write his eulogy.

Monday, March 10th would have been Gari’s 4th birthday. I knew he was very sick but somehow I always thought he would make it to that day. Humans often die right after their birthdays, holding on until the milestone is met and then surrendering to the inevitable. I guess since capybaras don’t know when their birthday is, they don’t do that.

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