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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