Sometimes I let my horse Buzz out to graze with Garibaldi Rous. Buzz is very gentle but he does make Gari a little nervous. You can read more about it in my blog post Grazing Buddies.
I’ve been trying to encourage Garibaldi Rous to eat more grass, especially now that he has dental problems. However, the years-long drought we are having in Central Texas hasn’t made it easy. I planted 150 lbs of grass seed around the property this fall but all of it died due to lack of rain except this patch that I have been watering. Last week Gari turned his nose up at it but today he finally decided that some of it was edible.
You might be getting the wrong impression that our house is like a zoo. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We’re just perfectly normal people with perfectly normal pets.
Another photo of Garibaldi Rous with one of his co-pets, this time Firetail. One time I saw Gari take Firetail’s whole beak in his mouth. He didn’t bite and she pulled her head away. I don’t know why he did that but he has never harmed another animal.
Garibaldi Rous likes for me to watch him eat. He also likes for me to pick his grass for him and present it in a bowl in the house, which is much more civilized.
This photo of Caplin Rous shows one of the amazing things about capybaras, they can close their eyes in thirds. In this photo, Caplin has just the back third of his eye closed. They can also close just the front third or the front and the back thirds together. Only the middle third of the eye has lashes.