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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2 thoughts on “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

  1. I am so envious of your getting to spend so much time with Garibara!! He is such a sweet and beautiful creature! I so appreciate your sharing your experiences with him, and at the Biopark. I’ll never be able to share my life with a capy, but I can live vicariously!

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