Sleep, Capybara! Sleep!


Sleepy 'bara

This is the earliest known photo of me sleeping, right after I came to live with Melly and Rick. I am 11 months old in this photo and adapting well to my new home. But why, you may ask, do I have a tape measure around my neck? That is something Rick dreamed up to get me used to being harnessed. I ate it a few days later.

Sleeping Gari

I have to say, sleeping is something I have always been good at. Maybe not quite as good as rolling, but it is up there at the top of my special talents. In this photo I am almost 13 months old.


I look good in red

I think that as I get older, I get better at sleeping. I probably practice it even more than I practice rolling. In this photo I am about 1.5 years old and you can see that I am perfecting my form.


My blue chair

I don’t sleep on my blue chair very often anymore. It seems to have gotten smaller. Actually, a lot of my favorite beds have gotten smaller over time.


Here I am sleeping on the couch

I don’t always use a pillow, but when I do, I look super cute. Cuteness and form are two of the primary attributes of sleeping. After comfort, I guess.


Sleeping on the bed

In the winter (this photo was taken in January, 2011), I like to sleep on the bed where it is warmer. I don’t like sleeping under the covers though, that scares me. Sometimes I’ll use a pillow but usually my paws are good enough.


Here I am using a pillow

The good thing about a pillow is that the pillowcase is edible. You can have a little snack without even having to raise your head! If you look closely, you can see I have chewed the corner of this pillow case. Melly tried to crop it out of the photo so you wouldn’t know.


Sharing a snooze with Super Capy

Sometimes it is nice to sleep with a friend…and I don’t mean my chickens or my rabbits. Firstly, they are not allowed on the bed. And secondly, I think they eat all of my food while I am sleeping. I can trust Super Capy. He wouldn’t be a superhero if he did stuff like that.


Sleeping with chickens

Sometimes I have to sleep with my chickens. They don’t scare away as easily as you might think. Those chickens aren’t chicken. They’re also not quiet.


Sneaky rabbits!

When the capy’s asleep, the rabbits will eat, as the saying goes. At least they are quiet about it. They are quiet about everything.


Sleeping in the pool

At the end of my afternoon swim, I like to spend about 1/2 hour sleeping in the pool. Sometimes I do this on my pool table, as shown above, but sometimes I get on Melly’s lap and make her hold me while I sleep. That is not easy for her to get a photo of because she has to use her hands to hold me. I put my front paws on her left arm and my back paws on her right leg and she holds me just right so my head is just out of the water like in the photo above. That might be my favorite time of the day.

Melly drew this image of Caplin sleeping

Leave a comment and let me know if think I am better at sleeping or at rolling. I need to know which one to practice more.

17 comments to Sleep, Capybara! Sleep!

  • Malkah

    Gari, you are great at both! And so adorable! You appear to be smiling in your sleep in one of these photos, so I know you enjoy sleeping! I do, too! And swimming! 🙂 <3

  • Angie

    Gari. It’s so nice to see your progress. Being a good sleeper is such a good thing. I think you are one very lucky guy!

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    Quoting Shakespere, Gari, “to sleep, perchance to dream.” you do it all so well. Sleeping, smiling, swimming and rolling. I think they call it being mutil-talented. In addition, because Melly takes so many photos of you doing these activities, which is a GOOD THING, you are helping support the local economy as it takes money to process all of that film & the resulting phabulous photos!

  • lynn marcotte

    I think except for an animal running joyfully there is nothing more beautiful than an animal sleeping & these are ALL exquisite!

  • Pauline

    I love the shot of Gari with the pillow. His big blunt nose is a perfect example of a capy’s nose.

  • Gari, I always love your are one lucky young man.

  • Cathy

    Funny and adorable! The rolling is impressive, but I vote for sleeping, since it can happen in so many random places. Love this capy 🙂

  • Laurie Coppola

    After seeing these adorable pictures, I have to vote for sleeping. You are an expert. No doubt about it!!! You are a fabulous roller, though, so keep up the good work with both!!!

  • You’ve shown us many ways to relax. I didn’t realize there were so many options. And the pillow case snack is handy, too.
    Those rabbits are certainly enthusiastic about eating your food! Tsk, tsk.
    I hope that where ever you sleep, that you always have sweet dreams.

  • Danielle O'Sullivan

    I think I need a nap now. Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do too. Productivity and work is far overrated, trust me. =)

  • Stephanie Labbate

    You are a pro at sleeping! So maybe you can focus on rolling. I have terrible insomnia — I would like more tips from you on sleeping. Sweet dreams

  • Janet Lutkus

    I don’t know which photo I like best. What a sweetie pie you are Gari, even when you are munching things. Is there a special reason for NOT munching on your toy stuffed capy? It looks as delicious as the pillow case to me. Your aquatic sleeping is fabulous! What a skill! BTW,I hope Melanie plans to offer a calendar with your photos again this year. (I didn’t see one last time I checked the store.) The 2012 calendar was wonderful and I’m looking forward to a new one come January.

  • Garibaldi Rous

    I think Melly will start the new calendar soon by putting some choices for photos up on the blog.

  • Ann M. Bednarek

    Hi Gari! You are such a good sleeper. But then again you are good at anything you do. I love the one of you sleeping on the couch. That cute nose of yours!!! And you look so cuddly in the one of you under the covers. I just want to crawl under and snuggle with you. What does a tape measure taste like? Your funny! The picture Melly drew of Caplin is so cute. Not only is she a good photographer, but also a good artist. I tried many times to draw a Capy but unsuccessfully. Sorry! But you have to give me just a little credit for trying. I love you bunches! OXOXOX

  • Marita

    Hi Gari,

    I wish to have a pet like you…you are so behave. I have guinea pig named Andi but I want to have him a friend and capy would be a great friend but I believe we don’t have capys here in the Philippines. It would be great if you fly here to meet us…

  • b salapek

    U r a fabulous sleeper! I wish I could sleep anywhere like u. I have teen boys who eat while I sleep! They r not quiet either!

  • Adorable Pictures! I think everyone would want to have a long and peaceful sleep after watching these pictures.

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