安芸偲んで. In Memory of Aki, A Very Lively, Spirited and Fearless Capybara. At Nagasaki Bio Park. 安芸偲んで。非常に活気とフィアレスカピバラ。人生のフル。グレートスピリット。長崎バイオパークで。

            AKI Was Such a Vivacious Capybara                                                                                                                                                                                                       アキ  は、生命とエネルギーに満ちた

The late (Empress) Aki. She had so many human character traits. Like the way she often sat like this...her 'superior' look. With her nose held high (snootily) and her ears pressed close to her head to block out the sound of those 'loud, noisy, common visitors'. Her eyes were always almost closed as if she was looking down her nose at the world. But she was really sweet to me and I was so looking forward to seeing her again. 彼女の貴族の表情。彼女は、階層の最上位にあります。長崎バイオパーク。彼女は目を閉じてふりをする。現実には、彼女は彼女のライバルたちに目を光らせています。特に彼女の妹ドングリ。の愛のためにやすし。

The late (Empress) Aki. She had so many human character traits. Like the way she often sat like this…her ‘superior’ look. With her nose held high (snootily) and her ears pressed close to her head to block out the sound of those ‘loud, noisy, common visitors’. Her eyes were always almost closed as if she was looking down her nose at the world.
But she was really sweet to me and I was so looking forward to seeing her again.
彼女の貴族の表情。彼女は、階層の最上位にあります。長崎バイオパーク。彼女は目を閉じてふりをする。現実には、彼女は彼女のライバルたちに目を光らせています。特に彼女の妹ドングリ。の愛のためにやすし。

Aki died while I was writing this.   She was a very lively, spirited and fearless Capybara.   I want this to be a celebration of her life   She should still be alive.

If you met Aki you would think she was the sweetest Capybara in the world.

If you were a male capybara you would be flattered by her attentiveness and interest in you.   And you would enjoy being aroused by her, as she nuzzled and rubbed herself against you.

Aki Escapes from the Capybara Enclosure and Sets Off on her Great Advanture エンクロージャカピバラからの脱出。オフ偉大な冒険へ Aki Was a Very Beautiful Capybara. アキはとても美しいカピバラだった。

Aki Escapes from the Capybara Enclosure and Sets Off on her Great Advanture エンクロージャカピバラからの脱出。オフ偉大な冒険へ Aki Was a Very Beautiful Capybara. アキはとても美しいカピバラだった。

Aki Escapes from the Capybara Enclosure and Sets Off on her Great Advanture
エンクロージャカピバラからの脱出。オフ偉大な冒険へ
Aki Was a Very Beautiful Capybara. アキはとても美しいカピバラだった。

If you were a female capybara you might find her intimidating.  You might even call her a ‘bully’’.

Aki was such a spirited and fearless capybara.. She was so full of energy and life in August. アキは、このような活発なと不敵カピバラだった..彼女は8月のエネルギーと生命に満ちていた。

Aki was such a spirited and fearless capybara.. She was so full of energy and life in August.
アキは、このような活発なと不敵カピバラだった..彼女は8月のエネルギーと生命に満ちていた。

One time I was taking vegetables to Donguri.  Aki came over and barked at Donguri as if to say “I’m Number One in the hierarchy, you aren’t even in the hierarchy, you shouldn’t be getting that food”.   So I took a carrot over to Aki and rubbed her cheek.   She gave me the sweetest look.  I can still feel the warmth of her smile.  I melted in her presence.   I was so, sooo looking forward to getting to know her better on our next visit.  I can’t believe I will never see her again.

だから私はアキの上にニンジンを取った。彼女の頬をこすった。彼女は私に甘い顔をした。私はまだ彼女の笑顔の暖かさを感じることができます。私は彼女の存在下で溶けた。私は彼女より良いを知ってもらうことを楽しみにしていた。我々の次の訪問で。私は再び彼女を見ることはありません信じることができない。

Aki adored Yasushi. She wanted him all for herself only. アキはやすしを敬愛。彼女自身のために彼を望んでいただけ

Empress Aki with Yasushi in the Foreground. She had so many human character traits. In this photo she is keeping an eye on Yasushi to make sure none of the other females come close to him. It’s as if she’s saying “I am the most important female capybara in the world”. 皇后あき。フォアグラウンドでやすし。彼女は非常に多くの人間の性格特性を持っていた。彼女は”私は世界で最も重要な女性のカピバラです”と言っているかのようだ。

She was so lively, so full of energy and life.  So full of love for Yasushi, so excited by his presence.   Nuzzling him, rubbing her head along his back.  Rolling on her back in excitement at the prospect of being with him.   Where Donguri would be quite passive in Yasushi’s presence, nuzzling him a little and then hovering beside him, waiting for him to make the next move, Aki would be much more attentive and demonstrative.  I was told Donguri was Yasushi’s favourite.

I Love Her 私はAkiラブ

I Love Her 私はAkiラブ

I am surprised Donguri  and the other capybaras ever became pregnant as Aki did her best to control access to Yasushi;  often barking at, or chasing away potential rivals.  6 of the 9 most recent babies born at Nagasaki Biopark were Aki’s babies.

had been resting hidden in their night quarters under the walkway by their pond decided to come out. It was quite magical as a procession of capybaras appeared eeping incredibly loudly filling the air with their e

We were just leaving when the Capybaras which had been resting hidden in their night quarters under the walkway by their pond decided to come out. It was quite magical as a procession of capybaras appeared eeping incredibly loudly filling the air with their extraordinary sound. They then started playing. Yasushi and Aki looked very amorous. She rested her head on his back, and he looked dreamy. カピバラが浮上した。信じられないほどの大声で歌う。彼らの魔法の音と空気を充填。そして、彼らは再生を開始します。靖アキは非常にセクシーに見えた。彼女の頭は彼の背中に休まれたからである。彼は夢の中のようだ。

 

 

This is the Aki I remember: courting Yasushi, seeing off a potential rival, doing a little dance of excitement at the prospect of being with Yasushi…she follows him to the small pond (intended for poohs, but a favored romantic spot), where they roll and frolic together until he gets bored.  I’m sure this is how she would like to be remembered.

私はカピバラを崇拝する理由の一つは、彼らの行動や感情がとても”人間”であるということです。アキは皇后のように見て座っていたとき。彼女はよくやった。彼女はちょうど人間の貴族のように見えた。彼女の周りの一般人で彼女の鼻を見下ろす。

Aki Frolics flirtatiously with Yasushi in the Pooh Pool
アキは靖といちゃついて戯れる。”愛”プール内の

From an early age Aki had realised she was powerful.   She had learnt that she could have anything she wanted simply by intimidating the other capybaras.  She was a big capybara, but Donguri, her gentle sister was bigger.   By the age of 3 she was already number one in the Bio Park hierarchy.    Her most frequent victim was her gentle sister Donguri.   On several occasions I noticed Donguri change direction to avoid coming face to face with Aki.  I often wonder how much of Donguri’s sweet, passive nature was formed as a response to having such an assertive sister.  Donguri learnt early that she could never win, so it was pleasanter to not even try.

Aki Looks So Disdainful As She Reluctantly Nibbles The Carrot Marc Offers Her
アキはかわいく見える。面白い表現。彼女はしぶしぶニブルニンジン。 Marcは彼女を提供

Aki looks so sweet in this clip from the film NHK made of our visit to see the Capybaras at the Bio Park     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSZX-7uSfvM

 

 

Aki Always Looked So Pleased When I came Over To Her and Petted Her. I Felt She Wanted To Be My Friend, Because I Was Donguri's Friend. And Everything Donguri Had She Wanted. アキは私を見て幸せそうだった。私は彼女が私の友人になりたいと感じました。私はどんぐりの友人だったので。

Aki Always Looked So Pleased When I came Over To Her and Petted Her. I Felt She Wanted To Be My Friend, Because I Was Donguri’s Friend. And Everything Donguri Had She Wanted.
アキは私を見て幸せそうだった。私は彼女が私の友人になりたいと感じました。私はどんぐりの友人だったので。

 

 

 

 

Aki Always Looked So Pleased When I came Over To Her and Petted Her. I Felt She Wanted To Be My Friend, Because I Was Donguri's Friend. And Everything Donguri Had She Wanted. アキは私を見て幸せそうだった。私は彼女が私の友人になりたいと感じました。私はどんぐりの友人だったので。

Aki Always Looked So Pleased When I came Over To Her and Petted Her. I Felt She Wanted To Be My Friend, Because I Was Donguri’s Friend. And Everything Donguri Had She Wanted.
アキは私を見て幸せそうだった。私は彼女が私の友人になりたいと感じました。私はどんぐりの友人だったので。

One of the reasons I adore Capybaras is that their behaviour and emotions are so ‘human’.   When Aki was sitting looking superior, as she so often did, she looked just like a human aristocrat looking down her nose at the plebs around her.

私はカピバラを崇拝する理由の一つは、彼らの行動や感情がとても”人間”であるということです。アキは皇后のように見て座っていたとき。彼女はよくやった。彼女はちょうど人間の貴族のように見えた。彼女の周りの一般人で彼女の鼻を見下ろす。

 

 

Yasushi romancing Aki 靖はAkiロマンシングサ·

Yasushi romancing Aki
靖はAkiロマンシングサ·

She is usually to be seen sitting near Yasushi, keeping an eye on him, making sure the other females, especially her sister Donguri (Yasushi’s favorite) don’t get too close. Pretending to be asleep.   Looking very superior, like a prim maiden aunt.

Aki adored Yasushi. She wanted him all for herself only. アキはやすしを敬愛。彼女自身のために彼を望んでいただけ

Aki adored Yasushi. She wanted him all for herself only.
アキはやすしを敬愛。彼女自身のために彼を望んでいただけ

This was her favourite pose. It’s her ‘superior’ look. With her nose held high (snootily) and her ears pressed close to her head to block out the sound of those ‘loud, noisy, common visitors’. Her eyes were always almost closed as if she was looking down her nose at the world. But of course they weren’t really closed; she had to keep an eye on what the other capybaras were up to. She reminded me so much of a snooty human aristocrat. But in the nicest possible way.

彼女の貴族の表情。彼女は、階層の最上位にあります。長崎バイオパーク。彼女は目を閉じてふりをする。現実には、彼女は彼女のライバルたちに目を光らせています。特に彼女の妹ドングリ。の愛のためにやすし。

She Had A Sense of Humor 彼女はユーモアのセンスがあった

She Had A Sense of Humor
彼女はユーモアのセンスがあった

Along with Kaede and Maple, Aki had days when she was determined to escape.  The three of them would sit by the two gates,  ensuring that no visitor could enter or leave without at least one capybara making it to freedom.   The motivation seemed to be the lush green grass on the hillside round the corner from their enclosure.    One day in August (the 24th, 2012) she set off on her great adventure.  Having greedily and nervously had her fill of grass, Aki really did get adventurous and set off down the hill to explore the further reaches of the Bio Park.  She spotted a huge pond with reeds in the middle and jumped in… (more in my next blog).  As befits her place at No 1 in the hierarchy, Aki was quite fearless.

Aki Sets Off on Her Great Adventure 彼女は偉大な冒険に行く

Aki Sets Off on Her Great Adventure
彼女は偉大な冒険に行く

 

I love this video.  You can see how frisky Aki gets at the prospect of mating with Yasushi.   First she sees off a potential rival.  Then she gleefully rubs her morillo.  Then she does a frisky little dance of joy.  Yasushi wanders off to the poohing pond (it doesn’t sound very romantic, but it IS water and the courting capys love to roll around in it).  Aki follows him and rolls coquettishly to attract his interest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu8-HqO8zlE

Aki was born on 11 Nov 2005.   She died on October 18th,  2012, in the evening.    The official Bio Park report states:  Aki (6 years old), who was born in November 2005, just had two babies on October 13th. The direct cause of death was shock caused by dehydration, however, she had been suffering from diarrhea for a year prior, and though every check and medication was tried, her condition deteriorated; it is believed that (the stress of) childbirth caused (such a loss of fluid that she died).
An autopsy by a veterinarian revealed (an?) abnormality in the appendix/cecum and that she was suffering from diarrhoea”.

Aki Looking Mischievous アキはいたずら探し

Within 2 months the number 1 and 2 in the hierarchy have gone.  In August The Bio Park Hierarchy was:  Aki, Kobuko, Fujiko, Momiji, Kaede, Hinase.  Not listed are the younger females Yasuha, Ayu and Maple (a future number one in my opinion),  and of course Donguri, the largest female Capybara and the most senior by age, but too sweet and gentle to fight for a place in the hierarchy.

This photo was taken on 13th October 2012, the day her twins were born and 5 days before she died. She doesn't look at all well. It makes me cry to see her like this (Bio Park Photo) 2012年10月13日、この写真で撮影。この日は彼女の双子が生まれた。彼女が亡くなった5日前まで。彼女は非常に病気に見えます。涙。 (写真バイオパーク)

This photo was taken on 13th October 2012, the day her twins were born and 5 days before she died. She doesn’t look at all well. It makes me cry to see her like this (Bio Park Photo)
2012年10月13日、この写真で撮影。この日は彼女の双子が生まれた。彼女が亡くなった5日前まで。彼女は非常に病気に見えます。涙。 (写真バイオパーク)

This photograph, taken on October 13th, the day her 2 babies were born, and just 5 days before she died, shows her looking very ill.  A shadow of her former self.  I wonder why  her health  deteriorated so much?     In the western zoos I know about, the animals have a dedicated keeper who adores them and is happy to stay ‘after hours’ to observe them and intervene if they are ill.  Even staying with them 24 hours a day to try to ensure their recovery.

Aki was such a spirited and fearless capybara.. She was so full of energy and life in August. アキは、このような活発なと不敵カピバラだった..彼女は8月のエネルギーと生命に満ちていた。

Aki was such a spirited and fearless capybara.. She was so full of energy and life in August.
アキは、このような活発なと不敵カピバラだった..彼女は8月のエネルギーと生命に満ちていた。

 

Aki

Aki

Aki’s Babies. They are being bottle fed, and are staying with Fujiko and her 2 babies. (Bio park photo)
アキの赤ちゃん。

Aki's Babies. They are being bottle fed, and are staying with Fujiko and her 2 babies. (Bio park photo)   アキの赤ちゃん。 In the Onsen with grandmother Donguri

Aki’s Babies. They are being bottle fed, and are staying with Fujiko and her 2 babies. (Bio park photo) アキの赤ちゃん。 In the Onsen with grandmother Donguri

She was so full of life,  I was certain she would outlive Donguri.

私はカピバラアキをそんなに逃す。号泣

I wonder how Donguri feels.  Life may be better for her now.

But she was really sweet to me and I was so, so very much looking forward to seeing her again.   I felt she wanted to be my friend.  After all, I was Donguri’s friend, and everything Donguri had Aki wanted…and GOT.    I’m crying again.

 

I Love Her 私はAkiラブ

Aki Looking Very Sweet and Vulnerable
アキは非常に甘いと脆弱探し

Here are some videos of Aki.   Please try and watch them in 1080p, which is professional quality HD.     ここでアキの一部の動画があります。1080でそれらを試して見てください。これは、プロ品質のHDです。

Wonderful Capybara Aki Kisses Yasushi  ワンダフルカピバラあき。キス靖

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzBEDdHb7vs

Vivacious Aki, so full of life in August 2012,  Rolling in the love pond with Yasushi whom she adored.  6 of the last 9 babies to be born at Nagasaki Biopark were her babies.  Yasushi of course was the father.  She wouldn’t let the other females near him!
人生のAkiいっぱい。靖池に圧延した。愛と生命の完全な。August 2012インチアキはやすしを愛していました。 9赤ちゃんが長崎ビオパークで生まれましたがあります。秋の赤ちゃん6。靖父親だった。彼女は彼の近くに別の女性とはできないだろう!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThOMSGO–Qs

Yasushi and Donguri nuzzling and eeping loudly, until Aki butts in.   The sound of them ‘singing’  is magical.   靖ドングリ歌うと鼻をすり寄せる。アキが介入するまで。

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhDr6ocRRMI

Aki and the other females kissing Yasushi and singing loudly.   アキと他の女性がやすしにキスをし、大声で歌う

Yasushi comes over to sniff Aki’s nether regions as she is eating her cecotropes.  She then follows him as the 2 lovers go off in the direction of the pond.

康は彼女が彼女のcecotropesを食べているようなあきの股間を嗅ぐようにやってくる。彼女は彼に従っています。2好きの方は、一緒に消える。池へ。

The process by which cecotropes are produced is called “hindgut fermentation”. Food passes through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, where nutrients are initially absorbed ineffectively, and then into the colon. Through reverse peristalsis, the food is forced back into the cecum where it is broken down into simple sugars (i.e. monosaccharides) by bacterial fermentation. The cecotrope then passes through the colon, the anus, and is eliminated by the animal and then reingested. The process occurs 4 to 8 hours after eating. This type of reingestion to obtain more nutrients is similar to the chewing of cud in cattle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQTEzibf_ss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibuodCxI_mk

Aki is so sweet here as she eeps (calls plaintively)    ありがとう。彼女は生命に満ちていた

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mJpHVCZlXE

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Yasushi, Magnificent, Charismatic Capybara, King of Capybaras. Boss Capybara at Nagasaki Bio Park. 靖、壮大な、カリスマカピバラ。カピバラの王。長崎バイオパークでカピバラのボス。

 

Yasushi With a Twinkle in His Eye

Yasushi With a Twinkle in His Eye. I Love this Expression 私は彼の表情を愛して

Yasushi is a striking capybara, very charismatic and sensuous with an exceptionally long coat.  He has a sort of Einsteinesque, rumpled professor look, as if he had weightier things on his mind than looking smart.

The female capybaras adore Yasushi.  They follow him round, vie for his attention, nuzzle him, rub against him and act coquettishly in his presence.  As number one in the hierarchy Aki makes her presence felt.  She will sometimes  bark at a potential rival to intimidate her,  or even chase her away.    She is often to be seen sitting near him, keeping an eye on him, making sure the other females, especially her sister gentle Donguri (Yasushi’s favorite) don’t get too close.  I’ve noticed that she is always in the background in my videos of Yasushi.   Pretending to be asleep.   Looking very superior, like a prim maiden aunt.

Yasushi was the most wonderful capybara with his gentle, sensuous disposition and his beautiful long hair. I wanted to "buy" so his genes could live on as the foundation for a new herd. He was very paternalistic, always concerned when one of his herd escaped from the enclosure. He would walk along the perimeter fence, staying as close to the escapees as he could, with a very worried look on his face. Yasushi loved to be petted. I used to sing to him as I rubbed his ears, which he adored, and he seemed to appreciate it!

Yasushi was the most wonderful capybara with his gentle, sensuous disposition and his beautiful long hair. I wanted to “buy” him so his genes could live on as the foundation for a new herd. He was very paternalistic, always concerned when one of his herd escaped from the enclosure. He would walk along the perimeter fence, staying as close to the escapees as he could, with a very worried look on his face. Yasushi loved to be petted. I used to sing to him as I rubbed his ears, which he adored, and he seemed to appreciate it!

Yasushi Loves Being Nuzzled     靖は、女性の注目を愛する

Yasushi Loves Being Nuzzled 靖は、女性の注目を愛する

One afternoon, we were just leaving when the Capybaras, who had been resting under the walkway in their pond hidden out of sight, decided to come out.   Their appearance was heralded by ten or more minutes of glorious singing.  A capybara chorus all singing in unison is one of the most captivating and memorable sounds in nature.   It was quite magical as a procession of capybaras appeared, singing incredibly loudly, filling the air with their magical sound.  They then started playing.  Yasushi and lady friend of the moment, Momiji, looked very amorous.  She rested her head on his back… he looked dreamy.

Yasushi.   He often looked worried and pensive. He was very protective of his herd of capybaras

Yasushi. He often looked worried and pensive. He was very protective of his herd of capybaras

Yasushi was usually the catalyst for the mass migration into the pond.  He would make a move and his adoring herd would follow.  Similarly if he moved towards the poohing pond, a shallow area of water, but water none the less, no matter how unromantic it sounds, his female of the moment would follow.   While Yasushi wallowed in the water, she would roll over and try to attract his interest, playing coquettishly, laying her head on his back, nibbling him under the chin, something he loved and which sent him into a state of bliss.    Often one or two of Yasushi’s other would be lovers would be in attendance.

Video:   I think these two are exceptionally cute….Little baby Io chewing on Daddy Yasushi’s ear in the pond, scrambling on his back and playing with him. Yasushi adores it, his hair rises pouffily, he gets that blissful, slightly ‘out of it’  look.   When Io finally swims off Yasushi looks quite ruffled.   Yasushi loves having his ears rubbed, and baby Io seems to know this       Baby Io Chews Yasushi’s Ear             赤ちゃんイオ。チューズ靖の耳

Yasushi loves having his ears rubbed.  He goes all blissful and rolls over when I rub his ear and he’s in the mood for pampering.

From my diary for 12th August 2012:  Yesterday he was swimming lazily in the pool with his ‘love interest of the day’, Momiji.  She was making all the running, nuzzling him, laying her head on his back, rubbing her nose against his face.  At one point he took her shoulders in his forepaws as they reared out of the water and their noses touched (looking for all the world like a human couple in love).   When baby Io swam over and interrupted their love play, Yasushi immediately went off to play with him, like an indulgent father.

Video:   Most Handsome Capybara “Yasushi in Love”  最もハンサムなカピバラ”愛の靖”.     Turn the volume up to maximum to hear the beautiful sounds of capybaras singing.  My camcorder doesn’t begin to do justice to the magical sound of 14 capybaras singing  in Unison.   The Handsome Capybara is playful, surrounded by his adoring female capybaras.  Rolling and covorting in the pond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6jnKQWwqIs

Later 6 or more female Capybaras came to join in the lover’s frolic.  I’m expecting babies in 5 months time and it will be interesting to see who the mother is.

Yasushi often has sex on his mind as he waits while the empty trays for the watermelon are put out,  and goes round sniffing the bottoms of nearby females.  Perhaps he is just bored of waiting so long for the watermelon to arrive.   When the watermelon finally arrives all thoughts of being a gentleman vanish from his mind, and the female who a minute earlier was his ‘love interest’ may find herself being nipped if she stands in the way of a choice bit of watermelon.

When watermelon time comes, baby Io will take on Yasushi for a juicy piece of watermelon, but I think Io knows Yasushi will always be fatherly and gentle with him.

A Sight To Behold    素晴らしい光景

A Sight To Behold 素晴らしい光景

Magnificent, Sensuous Yasushi.  壮大な、感覚的な靖

Magnificent, Sensuous Yasushi. 壮大な、感覚的な靖

Yasushi seems very paternalistic as if he feels responsible for his ‘tribe’.  When Keide, who often escapes, managed to slip through the entrance gate and go off to the grassy slope round the corner of the hill out of sight of their enclosure, Yasushi looked visibly concerned for her now that he could no longer protect her, and she was apart from the herd.   He walked along the edge of the enclosure following her progress, worried that if any danger befell her he would not be able to help her.  It is usually the same 5 who escape, including Maple, her mother Keide, sister Momiji and of course Aki.

 

I Love His Rumpled Look 私は彼の顔をくしゃくしゃにするラブ

I Love His Rumpled Look 私は彼の顔をくしゃくしゃにするラブ

When he is in the mood Yasushi loves being pampered.  He is an amazing sight,  with his long hair standing on end.  In a state of ecstasy, he rolls over, his lips part and his beautiful long teeth  come into view.   He hates to roll over too far and as his state of ecstasy progresses, he always ends up on his back.    Immediately he sits up, a fearful look in his eyes.

Sometimes, in the heat of the day in August, Yasushi just wanted to sleep after watermelon time.   Children would come over and try to pet him or feed him.  He would ignore them.  If they persisted he would move a foot or two away and turn his back on them.  He never, ever tried to bite them;  He never betrayed the slightest sign of temper.  I was amazed at his forbearance, grace and gentlemanliness.

 

Yasushi Yawns Magnificently やすしは見事あくび

Yasushi Yawns Magnificently やすしは見事あくび

 

The Capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park never bite anyone. Even though a lot of senseless people and children poke them and do other stupid things, and thoroughly deserve to get bitten. They can always escape to their huge pond if they want to get away from humans, but most of the time they just put up with it.   The older females, who don’t seem to get the same pleasure out of pampering, often go into the pond while the others remain in the petting area.

Muddy!    泥だらけ!

Muddy! 泥だらけ!

Dare I venture…Yasushi is a typical male, he often has sex on his mind and he likes gentle females like Donguri.

From my diary at the start of our time at Nagasaki Bio Park:  If I sing to Yasushi everyday will he remember me….Surprisingly he did seem to remember me, and he always seemed very relaxed and pleased when I came over to him, whereas he sometimes looked worried when complete strangers wanted to pet him.

Yasushi and Aki Rolling in the Pooh Pond     靖とアキはトイレの池にローリング

Yasushi and Aki Rolling in the Pooh Pond 靖とアキはトイレの池にローリング

In the photo above, Donguri comes over and wants to be with Yasushi. However she seems to sense that Aki is not happy with her presence, so poor Donguri goes away.  You can see her face in the top right-hand corner.

What I find interesting is how little the proximity of large numbers of visitors has impacted on the group dynamic of this ‘herd’.   It’s almost as if the humans provide entertainment (pampering and feeding) the way a human might go to a Spa or restaurant.  As it is mainly a procession of strangers visiting the enclosure, the capybaras don’t bond with people the way a pet capybara does, so the social ties of the herd are not affected and are as strong as with a wild herd.   The Bio Park is only open 9-5 (5.30 in August) so the rest of the day they are free of humans.

Magnificent Yasushi, I still miss you so much

 

Yasushi was born in October, 2005.
His father was Umi who lived to be 14, an exceptionally good age for a capybara.  His mother was Marilyn.

Yasushi, with a Soft Gentle Look in his Eye   やすし。彼の目に柔らかいジェントルルック

Yasushi, with a Soft Gentle Look in his Eye やすし。彼の目に柔らかいジェントルルック

Yasushi is a magnificent capybara to have as the breeding male, with his amazingly flamboyant long hair, and gentle, tolerant personality.   I wonder what will happen to him when he is replaced as boss capybara by new blood?   I hope he will have a large enclosure with at least one female for company, so that he can live out his years joyfully into old age.

Unfortunately nobody at the Biopark or Kyoto Zoo read this. When Yasushi’s time as breeding male was finished he was put in solitary confinement with no other capybaras and no humans petting him. He died a very sad and lonely capybara.

Video: Cute Capybara Lovers Courtship かわいいカピバララバーズ求愛 –

私はこのビデオが大好きです。アキはやすしとの嵌合の見通しで陽気取得します。最初は、潜在的なライバルを脅かす。それから彼女は嬉々として彼女morilloをこすり。それから彼女は喜びの陽気少し踊っています。やすしはpoohing池にオフさまよう。(それは非常にロマンチックな音はありませんが、それは水である。そして求愛カピバラはそれで周りにロールするのが大好き)。アキは靖に続き、彼の関心を引き付けるためにコケティッシュにロールバックします。

I love this video.  You can see how frisky Aki gets at the prospect of mating with Yasushi.   First she sees off a potential rival.  Then she gleefully rubs her morillo.  Then she does a frisky little dance of joy.  Yasushi wanders off to the poohing pond (it doesn’t sound very romantic, but it IS water and the courting capys love to roll around in it).  Aki follows him and rolls coquettishly to attract his interest.   Yasushi, Aki and the capybaras at Nagasaki Biopark displaying their courtship and mating behaviour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=Mu8-HqO8zlE

Video: Yasushi Being Pampered In Ecstasy…The King of Capybaras  エクスタシーの王カピバラ.   Here he is just enjoying being pampered by a devoted admirer who has come all the way from England to see him.  I love Aki in the background, looking very superior.  She always keeps an eye on Yasushi and follows him around.  I hadn’t noticed her sitting so close to him, making sure the other capybaras don’t get too close.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5icdbRleHs

Video: Capybara Lovers Sniffs Her Bottom   カピバラの恋人はお尻をスニッフィング .

Yasushi comes over to sniff Aki’s nether regions as she is eating her cecotropes.  She then follows him as the 2 lovers go off in the direction of the pond.  康は彼女が彼女のcecotropesを食べているようなあきの股間を嗅ぐようにやってくる。彼女は彼に従っています。2好きの方は、一緒に消える。池へ。                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQTEzibf_ss


More Videos of Yasushi at:      http://www.youtube.com/user/rangdaaaa?feature=results_main

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Visiting A Very Special Capybara, Sweet, Gentle Garibaldi ROUS 訪問ヴェリー·スペシャルカピバラ。甘い、ジェントルガリバルディラウス

Gari Sitting on my Lap is as Close to Paradise as I Will Ever Get

Gari Sitting on my Lap is as Close to Paradise as I Will Ever Get

Melanie has created a magical world for Capybara lovers with her beautifully written blogs and wonderfully evocative photographs.   A place to escape to, from all the disappointments and unpleasantness in today’s  world.  I feel very privileged to have entered that world.   And Gari is a million times better in real life.

He did kiss me several times!

He did kiss me several times!

When we arrived at Gari’s home he was in hiding, wise Capybara that he is.   Not many handsome young males would look forward to a visit by an old woman who claimed to be in love with you and probably wanted to kiss you.

I Love this Face

Gari had the most perfect habitat for a pet capybara (although I believe his sanctuary and hiding place in the dense undergrowth of the pond may no longer exist. I hope he will always have somewhere to hide where no one can see him) and at this point he was in ‘deep cover’,  buried in the depths of his outdoor,  vegetation filled pond completely invisible to humans.   It was, of course, a losing game for him and he was persuaded, none too politely (by being proded with a long pole) to emerge and migrate to his pool.

A face to die for. Sweet Vulnerable Garibaldi Rous

A face to die for. Sweet Vulnerable Garibaldi Rous

It was a cold day at the end of November, and Gari was in two minds about entering his pool.  But on hearing the voice of a stranger (Marc said “He’s sweet”, on seeing him for the first time), he leapt into the pool, his safe haven.  Capybaras are much more agile in water and often retreat to the safety of water when they feel threatened.   You can see this, our first encounter with Gari, in the video below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEcQZuGhAhk

At first he was quite wary of me and viewed me from the furthest reaches of the pool.   Melanie had very kindly provided 2 huge lettuces to act as bribes and he slowly began to accept me.

Garibaldi ROUS soon realised I was a soft touch and that he didn't need to raise a paw to get a treat from me

Garibaldi ROUS soon realised I was a soft touch and that he didn’t need to raise a paw to get a treat from me

We moved to the living room where I spent most of the afternoon rubbing and pampering him.    By watching the hair rise up, pouffily, on his neck and back I could tell when I was reaching his favorite spots.   Several times during the course of the afternoon he came to a state of near ecstasy when he started to roll over on his back to be rubbed on his tummy.   This is his favorite place to be scratched but only once he has accepted you.  It would be quite inappropriate behaviour for a stranger to venture into such a personal and private part of his body.   Unfortunately, there was often not enough room for him to roll over on the couch without falling on the floor.   He also had an unhelpful habit of rolling over in such a way that his tummy was as far away from my hand as it could possibly be.

Gari Looking blissful

Gari Looking blissful

 

I could spend all day scratching Gari.   He looked so peaceful, and blissful and relaxed; in the Capybara “heaven” that he deserves to be in, because of all the happiness he brings to so many people.

He was so gentle when I gave him a treat.   His nose is so soft.   Melanie had warned me not to inadvertently let my fingers get bitten, but on the few occasions when they strayed into his mouth, he nibbled them so gently.   There was nothing greedy about the way he took food.   He was so dainty taking one raisin at a time and chewing it thoroughly (just like Mummy told you to) before taking the next one.

I Adore this Face

He is the most beautiful shape.    Perfectly formed, beautifully fit;  his warm, svelte body is absolutely perfect and incredibly desirable in an “I would do anything to make you happy” pampering way.

When we came back from our walk round Melanie’s woodland estate,  Gari immediately went over to “our” couch and waited for me to join him, and start pampering him.  I kissed him.   He looked as if he enjoyed it!

It gives me so much pleasure making Gari happy. He is such a 'good' capybara, he deserves to be happy all the time

It gives me so much pleasure making Gari happy. He is such a ‘good’ capybara, he deserves to be happy all the time

The Most Beautiful Capybara

I love him so much, I just want to spend all day pampering him and trying to make up for his unhappy childhood.   He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, he never bites.   This really surprises me given that in his early life people must have hurt him and made him unhappy, and now he gets taken out in the car for school visits which he finds extremely stressful and to Horrible, Demeaning events like ‘Kiss the Critter’, where he looked so confused and distressed that it broke my heart. Even so, he never bites. I wish he would.

The only thing that makes me sad is thinking about what a wonderful, sweet, gentle capybara he is, who just wants to be a much loved stay at home pet. He so deserves to be happy, I hope he will be one day.  The first day we visited, every time he heard an unusual noise he would jump up, frightened.   Even when the chair squeaked.  Even when Maple, the rabbit, stamped her foot (on the carpet) at Flopsy the cat.   If anyone’s hand goes near his head unexpectedly he jumps back as if threatened.   Justin, his breeder, described him as the friendliest little capybara in his litter.   What turned the friendliest capybara into one who is so frightened of the world beyond Melanie’s sanctuary?   It makes me want to cry that people can keep animals and not care about their happiness.

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I also think about that long, 12 hour flight he took to arrive at Melanie’s.   Melanie had chosen the flight that would be the shortest journey time.   But his previous owners missed the flight!   They then abandoned him at the airport while he waited for an alternative routing that had him transit on the ground in Atlanta.   Knowing how scared he is to even go out in a car with Melanie, I can’t imagine how he ever survived that trip.   He must have been frightened to death.   All the strange sounds and vibrations and people and smells.   Just writing this is bringing tears to my eyes.   I wish I could explain to him that there are so many people who love him and would do anything to make him happy.   And that he brings so much happiness to so many people.

I Love The Way He Curls His Paws

I Love The Way He Curls His Paws

 

Gari this is for you:  you bring so much happiness to so many people. I will never forget your warm body on my lap and the gentle way you nibbled my fingers and so delicately took the tiny yogurt covered raisins.    (I promise I won’t try to kiss you again)

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Here are links to some of the videos we made of Gari:

A Very Special Capybara Most Adorable Animal in the World 世界で最も愛らしい動物 :      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx9CGl_34ck

The World’s Most Wonderful Capybara in Ecstasy カピバラユーフォリア :      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbRDxciRGhc

I want a Capybara like Garibaldi ROUS:    I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEMPGqWSNIs

Way Too Cute, Playful Pool Capyあまりにもかわいい遊び心のあるプールのカピバラ :     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCLIUvi4VPY

Very Cute Special Capybara Rolling in the Mud かわいいカピバラ泥の中にローリング   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ra14DFAnQw

Adorable Capybara Uses His Cute Little Tongue ハンサムなカピバラの演奏ロープ :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tza4YuZBbX4

More Capybara Videos at my Youtube site:    http://www.youtube.com/user/rangdaaaa?feature=results_main

((Super Capy was going to help me write this by drawing on Gari’s inspirational writing talent, but he’s not up yet.   He spent most of the night complaining (very politely)… Did we really expect him to live in one hotel room after having the run of a large, capybara filled home?  And why was the room such a mess, so many suitcases and bags strewn everywhere.)

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