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Things I Pretend to be

I hear human kids like to play pretend. So do capybaras. Or at least I do. All of my life I have pretended to be many things. Of course, being a capybara is the best possible thing to be, but I don’t need to pretend that.

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Wings in the Water

The weather has been hot lately and I have been taking advantage of it. Actually, I took advantage of it when it wasn’t so hot, and maybe even when it was a little chilly. MelT is such a wimp! She won’t go in the pool unless it is as warm as a “bathtub,” whatever that is.

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Four is Coming!

Baby me with WBB1

Apparently MelT has stopped taking photos of me so I have to post old photos instead. I am just as cute as I have always been so I don’t know what her problem is. She says its too dark and cold, but she still makes me go outside.

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Visitors Galore!

Me with some Spanish students

I had so many visitors this past weekend! It really wore me out. See that photo above? And that wasn’t even all of them. MelT says I wasn’t very accomodating. I don’t know what that means, so maybe I wasn’t.

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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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