Wesley & Fiona: The Capybaras of October

All four feet on the scale!

All four feet on the scale!

I’m starting out with my cutest photo. Look at little Wesley (left) and Fiona (right)! I think they misunderstood me. I was telling Wesley to put all four of his feet on the scale but they must have though I said “all forefeet on the scale,” and so Fiona came over to do her part.

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Wesley & Fiona: The Weighing

Wesley and Fiona

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” »

Capybara Weight

Owner’s blog:

Caplin & Garibaldi Weights

The above image captures the growth charts for Caplin Rous (red) from birth until he reached his adult weight and Garibaldi Rous (blue) from 10-14 months of age. It looks like Garibaldi is slowly closing the weight gap. As you can see, Caplin’s chart is entering a slow growth phase as he reaches adult weight. It will be interesting to see if Garibaldi’s weight also slows down. There are three¬†possibilities. The first is that Gari will continue rapid growth until his line intersects Caplin’s. The second is that Gari’s growth will slow just as Caplin’s did and he will end up being a smaller capybara. The third is that Gari’s growth may slow but continue at the slower pace for a longer time; Caplin’s adult weight always hovered between 100 and 110 lbs. (Don’t forget that you can click on the image to see a larger version.)

I will post an updated chart in another couple of months.

FACute Part 2: How I Grew When I Grew Up

If you haven’t read the first part of my FACute, you can find it here, it’s pretty good, if I do say so myself. But I always intended to add more information, it’s just hard to get around to it, but here we go!

One thing I get asked a lot is how fast capybaras grow. That’s a good question but I don’t have a really good answer. The only thing I know is how fast I grew. When I was a baby, my owner was quite conscientious about weighing me. And she made all kinds of fancy charts too. Here’s a chart of my weight up until I pretty much leveled off at 100 lbs.

My growth chart

My growth chart


My growth, charted

My growth, charted

% weight change over time

% weight change over time

Weight change per day over time

Weight change per day over time



So what did all result in? Beautiful me! The image below shows all of my measurements as of October 2009.

Me, measured

Me, measured