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11-Month-Old Muddy Caplin

I wanted a chance to say thank you to everyone for everything. Your words make me cry but it does help to know how others care and how many people’s lives Caplin touched. He will always be loved and never forgotten.

When I thought about it, I realized that I have many, many photos of Caplin that I never shared, an example is the one above. I don’t know why I didn’t think that was cute enough. Maybe I was ashamed of how muddy he could get. Now when I look at it I just see how happy he is.

It also made me think that his fans might have photos of him that they’d like to share. I would love to see them. You can use the contact tab to send me an email and I’ll post the best or most touching photos in a later blog post.

I am still working on getting the charity set up. For now if you donate you can be sure the money will go toward capybara veterinary care but current donations are not tax deductible. Several people have asked about calendars so I ordered some additional ones. You can buy one by following the link on the sidebar. All profits from his calendar, Capycoppy or my book will go to the charity or to pay for Caplin’s final medical expenses.

Thank you,


Caplin Rous 07/10/2007 – 01/04/2011

Caplin on Dec. 31, 2010

Sometimes things happen that there is just no way to prepare yourself for. Sometimes it seems like your world has fallen apart. That is how I feel now. Caplin Rous was the glue that held my life together. You might think you can see that from his presence on the web and on TV but that doesn’t capture it. The first thing I heard every morning when I got up was his cute little happy Geiger counter noise and it was the last sound I heard at night, at least until he eeped to wake me  for a midnight snack.

I’m going to let this blog speak for Caplin’s life, what a wonderful, cute and unique animal he was, his tremendous personality and his gentle nature. I can’t add significantly to that in a single post.

I’d like to thank everyone who has sent notes on Facebook or twitter or posted comments on this blog or any of his accounts or sent me personal emails. I have literally received  thousands of messages of condolence and it makes me cry to think how many people’s lives he touched and how many people will miss him. Thank you. It helps to know this. I wish I could respond to all of you individually but, to be honest, I haven’t responded to anyone because I just don’t feel up to it.

We still don’t know what happened to Caplin. He had been irritable for a couple of days but nothing serious. When I left for work Monday morning, he seemed fine. By the time I got home, he could hardly walk. I got his harness on him and was able to lead him to the car but I had to help him get in. I rushed him to Texas A&M University small animal hospital because they were the only ones I thought might have the expertise to help. It was the longest 140 miles of my life. By the time we got there, Caplin could hardly move.

An hour or so after we arrived at A&M, Caplin had a seizure and the vet had to give him a sedative to bring him out of it. After that, he was never really conscious again. He died the next afternoon from another seizure right after completing a head MRI. A full necropsy is being done but preliminary findings indicate chronic liver disease that at the end manifested as encephalopathy. Apparently Caplin had been sick for a long time but never shown any outward signs of it.

I will write a new post when we have the final results of the necropsy.

If you would like to help with Caplin’s medical expenses, please consider purchasing a Capycoppy plush animal from We expect to set up a charity in his name and will use excess funds to seed that. When we have that in place, I will post about it on this blog.

Rolling in a dry Capybara Creek 12/11/2010

The Capybara as a Unit of Measure

Unit of Measure


All can be measured by the standard of the capybara.
Everyone is lesser than or greater than the capybara.
Everything is taller or shorter than the capybara.
Everything is mistaken for a Brazilian dance craze
more or less frequently than the capybara.

That was just a teaser. To read the whole poem you need to go to  the Poetry Foundation page, it is well worth the trip.

New New Year’s Resolution

I am sad to see 2010 slip into history since it was a very historic year for me. I am the first individual in all of time to have kept a New Year’s Resolution for an entire year! Yup, I did it!

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