Wesley and Fiona
I hope y’all remember little Wesley and Fiona who live at the Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels. I’ve been visiting with them ever since Garibaldi Rous died. Fiona is Gari’s little sister and it helps a little to be around her and Wesley. Continue reading “Wesley & Fiona: The Weighing” »
Out for a walk in the sun
Just a quick update on how Garibaldi Rous is doing, which is surprisingly well! He is a resilient little capybara if he is anything! In the photo above, you can see that he went out for a walk around the house today. Now that Stacy Winnick has finally left, it seems we can rid ourselves of the Seattle weather that she brought with her. Today the sun was out and it got into the low 60s, perfect for Gari’s first serious venture outside since he lost his tooth. He didn’t spend too much time outside today but tomorrow will be even warmer and I am going to move his little wading pool back outside so I think he’ll enjoy that.
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Garibaldi Rous on 2013/11/28.
Another installment in the long suffering of a poor little capybara who never hurt anyone, my adorable Garibaldi Caplin Rous. And it is the worst one so far. The photo above was taken the day before we went to the vet. He looks both healthy and happy but apparently he is neither.
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Gari under anesthesia at the vet hospital
This is just going to be a quick update because I am too physically and emotionally drained to do a real blog post.
Please read my original post, Garibaldi is Sick, to get the background for this post.
Gari went to see Dr. Hoppes at Texas A&M University Veterinary School yesterday. A whole team of vets and students worked on him. They did xrays of his teeth. The molars on his lower right side are all messed up. One had a very sharp point that has clearly been cutting the poor little ‘bura’s tongue for some time. There is also some infection in the roots of those molars. Basically, he has the same thing Maple WoMER did. Luckily, because it is his lower jaw, he won’t end up losing an eye.
The vets were able to file down the worst offenders of the points on his teeth but he will need to see a veterinary dentist to get any real work done. As it turns out, the reason capys have such tiny tongues is because that’s all there is room for in their tiny mouths. There’s no room for human fingers or instruments. So, if he needs any major work, it will have to be done from the outside, through the side of his face.
Gari is in a lot of pain right now but we just managed to get some pain medication down him about two hours ago. He finally ate a few bites of endive, one of his favorite foods. We’ve also given him some critical care. Tomorrow, he really needs to start eating.
Gari is also going to be on antibiotics until we get in to see the dentist in about two weeks. Maybe that will clear up the infection. If not, he’ll need to have the offending teeth removed.
So that’s where we are. I’ll post more in a couple of days when I’m not so depressed.
The Plushes head to the San Diego Zoo
I was out in California last week to visit my sister and I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the world famous San Diego Zoo. Last time I was there, about five years ago, they did not have capybaras but I knew that they had a band of them now and I couldn’t wait to see them. Of course, I brought my two plush capybaras, Capycoppy (left) and Super Capy (right) with me. I also brought Double Decoy, the guinea pig in the middle. There’s nothing like going around taking photos of plush animals in a crowded area to make you feel crazy.
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