Stacy Winnick giving Dobby a big scratch. I think Dobby weighs more than she does.

Stacy Winnick giving Dobby a big scratch. I think Dobby weighs more than she does.

Dobby Winnick, lord of his domain.

Dobby Winnick, lord of his domain.

This is Dobby Winnick getting a concert in his own yard. I’m not sure how Dobby felt about this. Caplin used to like some music, but other music would make him mad. As I recall, he really didn’t like Willie Nelson.

This is Dobby Winnick getting a concert in his own yard. I’m not sure how Dobby felt about this. Caplin used to like some music, but other music would make him mad. As I recall, he really didn’t like Willie Nelson.

Capybara Photo-of-the-Day recently celebrated its third anniversary. I thought I should commemorate the occasion by reposting our most popular photo.

This is Garibaldi Rous huggin Flopsy the Killer Cat.

Portrait of a capybara: Dobby Winnick.

Portrait of a capybara: Dobby Winnick.

Another shot of Wesley (back) and Fiona (front). Fiona both looks and acts like Garibaldi Rous, her older brother, but for some reason Wesley has stolen my heart. He’s a bit shy and tentative but he absolutely loves being scratched.

Another shot of Wesley (back) and Fiona (front). Fiona both looks and acts like Garibaldi Rous, her older brother, but for some reason Wesley has stolen my heart. He’s a bit shy and tentative but he absolutely loves being scratched.

These are the two capybaras at Animal World & Snake Farm in New Braunfels, TX. The one in the front is Fiona, the one in the back is Wesley.

These are the two capybaras at Animal World & Snake Farm in New Braunfels, TX. The one in the front is Fiona, the one in the back is Wesley.

Stacy is waiting for Dobby to come over so she can put his harness on him and take him to the front yard. Dobby is nervous because I’m there taking the photograph. He’s not used to having too many people around for too long.

Stacy is waiting for Dobby to come over so she can put his harness on him and take him to the front yard. Dobby is nervous because I’m there taking the photograph. He’s not used to having too many people around for too long.

There’s no better way to show the enormous size of an adult capybara than through a comparison of their paws to a human hand…especially if it is the hand of a small human. This is Dobby with his owner Stacy Winnick’s hand.

There’s no better way to show the enormous size of an adult capybara than through a comparison of their paws to a human hand…especially if it is the hand of a small human. This is Dobby with his owner Stacy Winnick’s hand.

Stacy Winnick unsuccessfully tries to entice her five year old capybara, Dobby, to get on a scale. At the last successful weighing, Dobby was almost 130 lbs.

Stacy Winnick unsuccessfully tries to entice her five year old capybara, Dobby, to get on a scale. At the last successful weighing, Dobby was almost 130 lbs.

I wondered why my birdfeeder kept falling over. Garibaldi Rous had a taste for birdseed.

I wondered why my birdfeeder kept falling over. Garibaldi Rous had a taste for birdseed.

I worked on this stupid 9,000+ piece puzzle for almost a year, with Caplin Rous periodically helping me by chewing on the pieces, pulling them off the table, and one time even getting up on the table and scattering the pieces around. He didn’t get the point to doing such a large puzzle, and honestly, neither do I. During the course of puzzle building, I found pieces all over the house and even on the back porch, yet, miraculously, not a single piece was missing when the puzzle was completed. Good capybara!

I worked on this stupid 9,000+ piece puzzle for almost a year, with Caplin Rous periodically helping me by chewing on the pieces, pulling them off the table, and one time even getting up on the table and scattering the pieces around. He didn’t get the point to doing such a large puzzle, and honestly, neither do I. During the course of puzzle building, I found pieces all over the house and even on the back porch, yet, miraculously, not a single piece was missing when the puzzle was completed. Good capybara!

This is one of my favorite photos of Garibaldi Rous. He was always so happy and so playful in the water. It is really sad that he’d never been swimming before I got him when he was 10 months old. Notice the way his nose has a little curl just above his nostrils. That is how capybaras close their nostrils when they are underwater.

This is one of my favorite photos of Garibaldi Rous. He was always so happy and so playful in the water. It is really sad that he’d never been swimming before I got him when he was 10 months old. Notice the way his nose has a little curl just above his nostrils. That is how capybaras close their nostrils when they are underwater.

July 10th is Capybara Appreciation Day, also known as Caplin Day. This photo of him shows why he needs a special day.
If you would like to help honor his memory and to help us understand how to keep capybaras happy and healthy in captivity, please consider a small donation to the ROUS Foundation for Capybara Veterinary Medicine. 

July 10th is Capybara Appreciation Day, also known as Caplin Day. This photo of him shows why he needs a special day.

If you would like to help honor his memory and to help us understand how to keep capybaras happy and healthy in captivity, please consider a small donation to the ROUS Foundation for Capybara Veterinary Medicine

This is Garibaldi Rous with a Capycoppy in 2011. Apparently capybaras are very patriotic.

This is Garibaldi Rous with a Capycoppy in 2011. Apparently capybaras are very patriotic.