I wanna hold your hand!

I wanna hold your hand!

Baby Caplin Rous at about six weeks old trying to figure out how to get the milk out of his bottle.

Baby Caplin Rous at about six weeks old trying to figure out how to get the milk out of his bottle.

Fiona is a little small for an adult capybara but she is still much heavier than any non-capybara rodent. The scale here shows her weight at 100 lbs 4 oz. 

Fiona is a little small for an adult capybara but she is still much heavier than any non-capybara rodent. The scale here shows her weight at 100 lbs 4 oz. 

Five-week-old Caplin Rous drinking his milk from a bottle.

Five-week-old Caplin Rous drinking his milk from a bottle.

I am really missing my little Garibaldi Rous today. He was the world’s sweetest capybara.

I am really missing my little Garibaldi Rous today. He was the world’s sweetest capybara.

A photo for 9/11 Day.
Please remember that the cure for religious intolerance is tolerance, not just a different brand of religious intolerance.

A photo for 9/11 Day.

Please remember that the cure for religious intolerance is tolerance, not just a different brand of religious intolerance.

Fiona feels left out when I work with Wesley on the scale. Or maybe she’s just hungry. Either way, every time I turn around to look at her, she’s standing up begging for her share of attention and/or endive.

Fiona feels left out when I work with Wesley on the scale. Or maybe she’s just hungry. Either way, every time I turn around to look at her, she’s standing up begging for her share of attention and/or endive.

Caplin Rous used to love to stick his nose out the window when we were driving. This sometimes caused confusion in the surrounding traffic.

Caplin Rous used to love to stick his nose out the window when we were driving. This sometimes caused confusion in the surrounding traffic.

A wild capybara walking along a lake shore in Venezuela. This is probably a sub-dominant male but without a well developed morrillo, it is hard to distinguish the sexes.

A wild capybara walking along a lake shore in Venezuela. This is probably a sub-dominant male but without a well developed morrillo, it is hard to distinguish the sexes.

Wesley at the Snake Farm in New Braunfels has finally learned to stand on the scale! We have been working on that for months now. Too bad I hadn’t turned it on before he stepped up onto it. Oh well, next time.

Wesley at the Snake Farm in New Braunfels has finally learned to stand on the scale! We have been working on that for months now. Too bad I hadn’t turned it on before he stepped up onto it. Oh well, next time.

This is a photo that I took a few years ago of a capy at the San Diego Zoo.

This is a photo that I took a few years ago of a capy at the San Diego Zoo.

Capybaras are most playful when they are in the water. They’re at their cutest too.

Capybaras are most playful when they are in the water. They’re at their cutest too.

Garibaldi Rous sitting on the couch.

Garibaldi Rous sitting on the couch.

This is the first photo I took of capybaras on my trip to the Brazilian Pantanal last year. You’ll notice that along with the two capys eating water hyacinth there is also a heron a a pair of caiman. This was the dry season when the wildlife is concentrated around the remaining waterholes. 

This is the first photo I took of capybaras on my trip to the Brazilian Pantanal last year. You’ll notice that along with the two capys eating water hyacinth there is also a heron a a pair of caiman. This was the dry season when the wildlife is concentrated around the remaining waterholes. 

Capybaras are good at sharing.

Capybaras are good at sharing.