Sweet, Caring Ayu Capybara, at Nagasaki Bio Park. 甘い、思いやりアユカピバラ。長崎バイオパークで

Ayu was the Very First Capybara We Met when we first visited Nagasaki Bio Park. She came over to Greet Us (I think she was hungry), and she soon discovered that I loved pampering capybaras. She and I became firm friends.

Ayu was the Very First Capybara We Met when we first visited Nagasaki Bio Park. She came over to Greet Us (I think she was hungry), and she soon discovered that I loved pampering capybaras. She and I became firm friends.

Ayu was the first capybara we met when we arrived at the Bio Park on our very first visit. As we were putting our bags on a bench she came over to greet us. She jumped up on the bench between us and started to show a great interest in our bags. Soon it became apparent that she was just as happy to eat the bags as to eat their contents! I began to try and move the bags away from her, this was not to her liking and she barked at me.

Here is a link to a video of the above scene:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVgAHga-iwI

Sweet, Caring Ayu Who Was Just As Loving Towards Me Even Though I Didn't Have Any Food for Her

Sweet, Caring Ayu Who Was Just As Loving Towards Me Even Though I Didn’t Have Any Food for Her

She sat on the bench for a long time while I petted her, singing with appreciation and looking all pouffy and blissful. She rubbed her head against my dress and nuzzled me and looked up at me, we were friends. She is the only capybara who has spoken to me while I petted them, other than the usual happy sound that sounds like a gentle machine gun.

 

Sweet Ayu, showing her Pretty Pink Tongue. I think she has worked out that people like to see her tongue, so if she pokes her tongue out she gets extra carrots – capybaras are very intelligent

Sweet Ayu, showing her Pretty Pink Tongue. I think she has worked out that people like to see her tongue, so if she pokes her tongue out she gets extra carrots – capybaras are very intelligent

Ayu often seemed like a loner. As one of the younger capybaras, the sixth youngest, she had no place in the hierarchy.  Unlike Maple she was not prepared to be aggressive and fight for her piece of watermelon, so she often went hungry at watermelon time. However she was intelligent. On several occasions when the other capybaras retreated to their hiding place at the far side of the pond, under the boardwalk, out of sight of the visitors, Ayu stayed behind in the feeding area.   This meant that any visitors who arrived during the afternoon and wanted to feed a capybara, (with the pellets that were available for sale), had only Ayu to feed!  Some days she ate a huge number of pellets… Clever Ayu.

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She has also worked out that people like to see her cute little pink tongue. She knows that if she pokes her tongue out she will get extra food pellets. Another sign of just what an intelligent little capybara she is.

On other occasions she would wander off on her own. I would follow her and she and I would spend a happy half-hour while I petted her and she rolled on her back joyous and blissful.

Ayu, at Nagasaki Bio Park. She was trying to slurp up the watermelon juice while rolling on her back!

Lazy Ayu Rolling on Her Back Blissfully Drinking Watermelon Juice:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZabUTRPGGug

When her mother, Fujiko, became pregnant and was removed from the petting enclosure, Ayu became quite distressed. Each afternoon she and Hinase (Fujiko’s other daughter) would go over to the boundary closest to the enclosure where their mother was and call plaintively.  They were often joined by Donguri, Fujiko’s mother,  and on one occasion the entire herd congregated at the boundary all calling anxiously and plaintively.

In this video Ayu is missing her mother Fujiko who has been taken away from the capybara enclosure as she is pregnant. She is hidden away, out of sight, in an enclosure on a rocky hillside which adjoins the capybara enclosure. Every afternoon Ayu and Hinase, Fujiko’s other daughter, go over to the boundary between the two enclosures and hold a plaintive vigil, calling anxiously to their mother.   You can see Ayu thinking about how she can get into her mother’s enclosure. She investigates the metal wire keeping the gate closed. She has a little chew, but decides it is indestructible, unfortunately.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_40iK1Xljrw

Ayu is sad because Fujiko, her mother, has disappeared from the enclosure. Fujiko is pregnant and has been moved to a new enclosure for safekeeping. Here she is sitting at the boundary with Fujiko's new enclosure calling plaintively

Ayu is sad because Fujiko, her mother, has disappeared from the enclosure. Fujiko is pregnant and has been moved to a new enclosure for safekeeping. Here she is sitting at the boundary with Fujiko’s new enclosure calling plaintively

Ayu was a good daughter and a very caring and responsible capybara.  After Aki’s babies, Yuzu, Zabon, Cypress and Hinoki were born in November 2011, Ayu often looked after them, playing with them and keeping an eye on them to make sure they didn’t get into trouble.

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On one occasion at watermelon time Ayu was very hungry.  She goes up to a nearby watermelon tray, but a huge nose appears in her face. She feels completely intimidated and jumps away. She goes over to another watermelon tray, but here too she is pushed away. She decides to have one last attempt to get a tiny morsel of watermelon and approaches a tray where Maple, two months her junior, has the tray all to herself. But Maple will fight for her watermelon against all comers, even Aki. She can be quite aggressive unlike Ayu, and once again Ayu is defeated. Ayu wanders off sadly on her own, and sits forlornly at the edge of the enclosure.  I go over to her with a handful of pellets, and rub her under the chin. She raises her head and gives me the most enchanting look.

Ayu Cleaning Her Toes. A Huge Insect Had Just Bitten Her, Leaving a Large Puddle of Bright Red Blood on Her Toe

Ayu Cleaning Her Toes. A Huge Insect Had Just Bitten Her, Leaving a Large Puddle of Bright Red Blood on Her Toe

Poor Ayu, with her sweet nature she seems destined to be at the bottom of the capybara hierarchy and will often go hungry at watermelon time.

スイカ一度機会に鮎はとても空腹だった。彼女は近くのスイカトレイに上がるが、巨大な鼻は彼女の顔に表示されます。彼女は完全に脅迫と離れてジャンプ感じ。彼女は別のスイカトレイに上なりますが、ここでも彼女は離れてプッシュされます。彼女はスイカの小さな一口を取得する最後の試みを持っていることを決定し、メープル、二ヶ月彼女後輩が、自分自身へのすべてのトレイを持ってトレイに近づく。しかしメープルアユとは異なり、非常に積極的なことができ、再びあゆは敗北します。彼女は自分で悲しいオフさまよう、および筐体の端にわびしく座っ。私はペレットの一握りで彼女の所へ行くと、あごの下に彼女をこする。彼女は頭を上げ、私に甘い外観を与える。

When I visited her in August, 2012 she had a long, thick black scar running across her left side but within a year it had disappeared. I have no idea how she got the injury but it looked as if it might have been quite a deep cut.

Sweet Ayu, Macaroni's mother. She along with Donguri were gentle capybaras who didn't like to fight

Sweet Ayu, Macaroni’s mother. She along with Donguri were gentle capybaras who didn’t like to fight

Ayu is quite a character and a favourite with many of the regulars to the Bio Park.

On June 15, 2013 Ayu gave birth to little Macaroni. Unfortunately Ayu did not produce any milk so Macaroni was nursed by Momiji who had recently given birth to Choco and Doughnut. In the wild capybaras go in for Alloparenting so it was quite natural for Momiji to let baby Macaroni suckle.

Little Macaroni when he was 2 months old

Little Macaroni when he was 2 months old

In May 2015 Ayu and Macaroni moved to Trius Zoo in Fukuoka. As Macaroni had not had enough colostrum immediately after he was born he is very small. He seems very healthy and eats well, though he eats very slowly and is a fussy eater. I think Trius zoo will suit Macaroni very well. He will not be in competition with twelve other capybaras for food, and will enjoy the extra attention he gets from both visitors and keepers.

Ayu’s mother is Fujiko and her father is Yasushi. She was born on 21 April, 2012.   Her hair is quite long but not as long as Yasushi or Maple.

Ayu  Rubs Noses With Maple

Ayu Rubs Noses With Maple

Links to videos of Ayu:

Lazy Ayu Rolling on Her Back Blissfully Drinking Watermelon Juice:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZabUTRPGGug

This is the video of Ayu jumping onto the bench beside me to inspect our bags:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVgAHga-iwI

In this video Ayu is missing her mother Fujiko who has been taken away from the capybara enclosure as she is pregnant.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_40iK1Xljrw

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Romeo Sweet Romeo, A Capybara Who Really Wants to Please Part 1

The Perfect Capybara

The Perfect Capybara

Majestic Romeo walks tall and proud.  He is the Master of the Manor. He is very loving and affectionate.   A very conscientious and extremely well behaved capybara.

Romeo and Tuff'n

Romeo and Tuff’n

Romeo’s herd consists of Elizabeth, Marvin and Tuff’n.

He is bonded with Elizabeth and Marvin. His relationship is slightly different with each of them.   Many animals do distinguish between male and female humans and often act differently towards each.

You can see the love betweem Romeo and Elizabeth in this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_FXGypszYQ

Each weekday morning when Elizabeth goes to work Romeo becomes sad; he misses her.   Marvin takes Romeo in his arms and comforts him, saying “She’ll be back, she’s coming back, it’ll be okay baby”.

Each weekday evening Romeo and Tuff’n wait by the front door at the time Elizabeth is due back from work;  you can feel their eager anticipation of her arrival.   They then all snuggle down together on the beanbag.   As Elizabeth says, what better way to shake off the tensions and frustrations of a long day in the office then to relax in the company of your two loving capybaras.

Sometimes, much to Romeo’s annoyance, Tuff’n comes along and squeezes between Elizabeth and him. Then with his tiny little legs he tries to push Romeo out of the way. Romeo is very long-suffering, his extremely expressive face shows exactly how he feels about Tuff’n’s behaviour, but he realises he just has to put up with this. It will be interesting to see how their relationship develops as Tuff’n grows bigger.

Tuff'n would like to push Romeo out of the way!

Tuff’n would like to push Romeo out of the way!

Marvin is number one in the male hierarchy, and Romeo would do almost anything to please Marvin. Sometimes he even goes against his true capybara nature so great is his desire for Marvin’s approval. For example, it is quite natural for the number 2 in the capybara hierarchy to try to ‘steal’ the food of number 3. It happens all the time at Nagasaki Bio Park, at watermelon time, when the most senior ranking female capybaras push those of lower rank away from the food troughs to stake their claim to the juiciest bits of watermelon. Fights sometimes break out.  These high ranking capybara eat the most watermelon and sometimes get diarrhoea as a result!

Marvin and Romeo

Marvin and Romeo

It is testament to Romeo’s sweet and conscientious nature that quite often he makes no attempt to rush over and drink Tuff’n’s milk, because he knows that is how Marvin wants him to behave.

There is an assumption on the part of all capybaras that the other capybara’s food is tastier than their own.

You can get a flavour of Romeo’s upbringing from this video: Training and Playing with Cute Pet Capybara ペットカピバラを訓練

http://youtu.be/2PvGXygdZwQ

Romeo likes to have his head covered when he snuggles down for a nap

Romeo likes to have his head covered when he snuggles down for a nap

Romeo is a very emotional capybara, something he has inherited from his mother, Nibbles.  He is a master of the sulk, and can spend long periods of time brooding.

Romeo used to accompany Marvin everywhere, sitting in his lap, helping him to drive and navigate. Whenever Marvin visited anyone on business Romeo would accompany him and of course he became the much loved centre of attention. As you can imagine Romeo made many new friends on these visits, and Marvin’s business prospered.

So Proud of Each Other

So Proud of Each Other

Romeo’s acceptance of Tuff’n is testament to the strength of his relationship with Elizabeth and Marvin.   His capybara nature would have been to attack Tuff’n.  The expectation amongst people who know capybaras was that Romeo would not tolerate Tuff’n at all.   However Romeo knew that Marvin and Elizabeth expected him to become friends with Tuff’n, and Romeo tries his hardest to please when it is really important.

Nap Time

Nap Time

Over time Romeo came to view Tuff’n as a source of comfort on those occasions when he felt particularly anxious.  In the early days of my visit it took Romeo a little while to accept that when Marvin left him in my care, Marvin would return. Sometimes he turned to Tuff’n, calling plaintively and rubbing noses with him.   Tuff’n’s presence and support seemed to reassure him. Tuff’n really appreciated his role as support and confidante to Romeo and their friendship blossomed.

 Romeo Sweet Romeo

Romeo Sweet Romeo

Romeo also looked to Tuff’n for moral support on that fateful occasion when he needed to do a pooh while still in the neighbour’s garden.   He went over to Tuff’n and spent a long time rubbing noses with him, consulting him and discussing the problem.

Young capybaras tend to take the most direct route, even if it means clambering across another capybara’s face, rather than politely walking round a sleeping capybara, or as transpires in this video:   Soft Landing Sweet Romeo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XClqZY214Z8

On other occasions Romeo behaves towards Tuff’n as an older brother who finds his younger brother a trifle annoying. Romeo does not like sharing the plastic tub, filled with warm water in the garden, with Tuff’n.   Tuff’n knows this. He comes over to the tub and looks in longingly, then he goes away and does a little dance of frustration. He tries to distract himself by nibbling on grass but is drawn back to Romeo and the tub of hot water. He vacillates “should I get in and be rejected, or do I forego my pleasure at being in the warm water with Romeo?”. Eventually he clambers in and immediately Romeo gets out.   Tuff’n looks forlornly after the departing Romeo. He rolls over a few times in the water, and then he jumps out and follows Romeo, nuzzling up against Romeo’s bottom.

Tuff'n Nibbles Romeo's Bottom

Tuff’n Nibbles Romeo’s Bottom

Similarly at bath time in the evening. Romeo and Tuff’n have their evening bath with Elizabeth or Marvin ministering to them. Elizabeth pampers Romeo and pours hot water over his head which he loves. He rolls over blissfully, a huge smile spreading over his face. Romeo is in heaven. After about 15 minutes Romeo sits up indicating it’s time to leave the bath tub, except that he just sits there making no attempt to get out of the bath. What he actually means is that it’s time for Tuff’n to leave the bath, so that he, Romeo, can spend quality time with Elizabeth being pampered and scratched and loved. Romeo remembers that he used to be the centre of attention before Tuff’n arrived. It’s very important that he still feels that he is the most loved, most important capybara in the world.

Early on in his life Romeo’s favourite place at night on the bed was between the two pillows. One day Yellow Cat decided he wanted this favoured position. In the middle of the night Marvin awoke to the sounds of a restless Romeo moving around discontentedly. This was followed by a frantic scuffle, after which Romeo resumed his favourite position between the two pillows. The next day Marvin noticed a bite on Yellow Cat’s ear.   Romeo had obviously spent some time plotting and strategising his attack.  He had been very careful with his bite, given his razor sharp teeth he could easily have bitten Yellow Cat’s ear off.   Instead he just wanted to teach Yellow Cat a lesson.   Ever since Yellow Cat has treated Romeo with great respect and given him a wide berth!

All So Very Happy

All So Very Happy

Romeo is very supportive and caring. One time when Elizabeth was ill in bed he spent the entire day on the bed cuddled up beside her, keeping her company and giving her moral support. On another occasion when Marvin had hurt his back, and was lying on the floor in some pain, Romeo came over and sat on his chest and nuzzled him, trying to make him feel better. Which of course he succeeded in doing. The presence of any capybara is a healing force.

It is very important that a pet capybara feels secure and loved in his home environment.   This Romeo most certainly does.   Romeo has been beautifully brought up by his loving family, Elizabeth and Marvin.. He tries so very hard to do the right thing most of the time.

Romeo brings so much joy and happiness to those around him.

Links To Videos:

You can see the love betweem Romeo and Elizabeth in this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_FXGypszYQ

You can get a flavour of Romeo’s upbringing from this video: Training and Playing with Cute Pet Capybara ペットカピバラを訓練:  http://youtu.be/2PvGXygdZwQ

Young capybaras tend to take the most direct route, even if it means clambering across another capybara’s face, rather than politely walking round a sleeping capybara, or as transpires in this video:  Soft Landing Sweet Romeo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XClqZY214Z8

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Scrappy and Collett, Capybaras in Love … Baby Capybaras

Collett Has Just Given Birth to Four Adorable, Healthy Baby Capybaras.

Collett Looking Very Satisfied and Pleased with Herself, as indeed she should be. She is a wonderful mother and her four babies are thriving. Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Collett Looking Very Satisfied and Pleased with Herself, as indeed she should be. She is a wonderful mother and her four babies are thriving. Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Scrappy and Collett live at:

Arizona Down Under Exotic Petting Zoo.
Located at Queen Creek, South East of Phoenix.
Open From March 1st, 2013: at weekends 9 AM – 3 PM
Alpacas, Capybaras, Zebus, an Emu and  more Animals

Collett gave birth to four healthy baby capybaras on 9th April, 2013:

Collett is proving to be a wonderful mother, very caring and attentive.  Collett's babies. Photo by Chris

Collett is proving to be a wonderful mother, very caring and attentive. Collett’s babies. Photo by Chris

Scrappy came to live with Chris before Collett. When Collett arrived she didn’t particularly like Scrappy, so the two capybaras had to be kept apart while they got to know each. At night, Scrappy and Collett were put in separate but adjoining enclosures separated by a chain link fence.   After a while they began to sleep  as close to each other as they possibly could at night, with just the thin strands of metal separating them.

Father Scrappy enjoying some corn

Father Scrappy enjoying some corn

I fell in love in love with the Capybaras Scrappy and Collett when I visited Chris and Sherry .

Little Addy and Todd, who is a Patagonian cavy

Little Addy and Todd, who is a Patagonian cavy

Many of the animals come into the house for breakfast each morning (how I would love to be there!).   Scrappy and Collett always come inside. One cold morning, Colett came in as usual. As it was a cold Chris closed the door to keep the heat in. When Collett realised that her beloved Scrappy was still outside she panicked, left a little deposit, and wouldn’t relax until she was reunited with him. I love the way these two Capybaras go everywhere together.

Scrappy and Collett know when the water spray is going to be turned on for their mud bath to begin.  This is because the alpacas are moved out of their enclosure, which then becomes the capybara mud spa. They even know where the water comes from, and go and sit by the fawcett waiting for the fun to begin.   They love dancing, prancing and playing in the spray of water, and look indignantly at Chris when the water is turned off.   Don’t underestimate the intelligence of a capybara.

Little Odin settles down to sleep once his head is covered with a blanket just like Romeo who is a relative

Little Odin settles down to sleep once his head is covered with a blanket just like Romeo who is a relative

Scrappy and Collett are having so much fun, in this video, playing in the hosepipe shower, running around, twirling, jumping and popcorning. Collett does a frisky little dance of joy as the spray of water starts.  There is just room  for them both in the small tub until Scrappy gets amorous! When Marc and Chris burst out laughing, Collett looks at them sternly as if to say “What’s so funny?”.

video   http://youtu.be/iiVqteMQU9g

Scrappy Lays Claim to the Dinner

Scrappy Lays Claim to the Dinner

Collett started life with Lisa, of Lisa’s Creatures. She accompanied Lisa on several school visits and appeared on the Jay Leno show. However Collett didn’t really enjoy the role of capybara ambassador, and Lisa, being a genuine animal lover, did not want to subject Collett to situations and environments that she found stressful. So Collett went to join Scrappy and all the other animals at Chris and Sherry’s Arizona Down Under Petting Zoo. She could not be happier than she is with her life here; she and Scrappy are inseparable.

Collett is a strong minded capybara, quite forceful and assertive, who expects to get her own way. In the wild I imagine she could well have been number one in the female capybara hierarchy. She is of course also adorable.

Colette was two months pregnant when this video was made.    Cutest Collett Capybara  かわいいコレットカピバラ :      http://youtu.be/Iapp72rXsRk

Scrappy comes across as a retiring individual, almost timid. He tends to hang back and let Collett take the lead. I think his confidence was shaken by a traumatic incident which happened before Collett arrived. One night a coyote got into the yard. It killed the two Patagonian cavies who shared Scrappy’s life and were his family, and it attacked Scrappy. Since then he has often seemed a little bit nervous.

Little Addy who never tires of being stroked under the chin. Of course I could stroke her forever.

Little Addy who never tires of being stroked under the chin. Of course I could stroke her forever.

Most of the time we were there Scrappy showed great interest in Collett’s rear end, sniffing it, rubbing his morillo against it or trying to climb on top of it. From time to time he would lay his head on Collett’s back in an affectionate, amorous manner. Colette rubbed her head against Scrappy’s neck and along his back in a loving way.

In this video, Little Odin, Scrappy and Collett’s baby from her second litter, just 8 weeks old, seems to be dreaming about food or perhaps suckling milk from his mother Collett. He is so sweet and gentle. Every time he wanted to go exploring on the kitchen work surface I had to pull him back down again. He never protested, but just settled down sweetly in my arms as I massaged him. His father is Scrappy and his mother is Collett. He is related to Romeo, Gari and Señor.

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

Becky, the emu, thinks she is a capybara! She loves to play in the pool with Scrappy and Collett.  Rudi, the Patagonian cavy, who has moved in with Scrappy and Collett having been rejected by his fellow Patagonian cavies, also thinks he is a capybara. Capybaras are obviously the animal to be.   Rudi adores Collett and follows her around trying to sniff her bottom.   While Collett was giving birth Rudi stayed as close to Collett as he could on the far side of the chain link fence.

On a cold morning in January this is what Chris had to say: “Went out back at 2am and found a camera worthy sight, didn’t have camera though! Sheba, the huge white Pyrenean Mountain dog (as we call them in Europe) or Great Pyrs as they are called here in the US, was laying on the rug with Rebecca, the emu, next to her, Rudi, the Patagonian cavy, laying between them, with Scrappy and Collett laying at a 90 degree angle next to them. The only thing missing was a Socrates (the friendly alpaca) blanket. I do believe I have some very confused animals living here.”

Most people would be envious to share their home with such a friendly and interesting collection of animals.

Little Addy loves being petted

Little Addy loves being petted

On 11 April 2013: Collett gave birth to 4 very healthy baby capybaras.

I Love the Little Baby Climbing between Scrappy and Collett.
Photo by Chris Pietilainen

This is what Chris had to say:

” At about 12:30 I walked to the patio door and stuck my head outside. I was looking around at the animals and noticed a little brown lump on the ground between Scrappy and Collett.
Scrappy and Collett are happy to announce the births of their 4 newborns!!!
Collett is doing fine as well as the 4 little ones. She has laid down and started to nurse them.
Baby Cappys WOOOO HOOOOO!!!”

Addy

Addy

Scrappy is proving to be a wonderful father. He looked so excited at becoming a Dad, and blissful at the arrival of his babies. He is being very supportive of Collett, staying beside her during the births and helping to clean the little baby capybaras after they were born. I can’t think of a better capybara father.  Or indeed a better father.   He puts a lot of human fathers to shame!    This is what Chris had to say:

“Scrappy was really POOFY all afternoon when around the babies, very protective also. Rudi (the Patagonian Cavy who hangs out with Collett and Scrappy and thinks he is a capybara) wanted so much to be in the pen with them but I thought it would be better for mom & dad to be alone with the little ones to start with. Rudi never left the side of the fence next to Collett during the births though, like he thinks they are his too.”

 

Scrappy Is Proving to Be an Exceptionally Good Father. He is very protective of Collett and helping to look after the babies, cleaning them and looking blissfully happy to be in their company. A Very Proud Daddy.   Capybara!   Scrappy looks all Pouffy as if he is excited at being a father and is enjoying being nuzzled by one of the babies.   Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Scrappy Is Proving to Be an Exceptionally Good Father. He is very protective of Collett and helping to look after the babies, cleaning them and looking blissfully happy to be in their company. A Very Proud Daddy. Capybara! Scrappy looks all Pouffy as if he is excited at being a father and is enjoying being nuzzled by one of the babies. Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Chris said regarding the photos of Scrappy, Collett and the babies, as they are being born and shortly after: “I censored the pictures a bit. Keep in mind these guys are about an hour old or less. They are all doing fine, Collett seems to have a handle on her side of the delivery process. Scrappy was helping to clean the little ones off as well. Now comes the hard part, letting them go to new homes when they are old enough.”

Collett Is Giving Birth Here... fascinating. She Has Such a Sweet Look on Her Face Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Collett Is Giving Birth Here… fascinating. She Has Such a Sweet Look on Her Face Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Four Very Healthy Babies. I Love the Different And Very Expressive Looks On Each of Their Faces. Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Scrappy is proving to be such an exceptional father. Sherry commented: “He is very gentle and patient with the babies and even babysits so mom can get a break.”

The alpacas and all the other animals at Arizona Down Under Petting Zoo are so interested in all the activity in the Capybara enclosure, standing around watching as Collett gives birth.   I wonder what Socrates, the alpaca, thought of it all.

The Other Animals Are so Curious and Interested at the Arrival of the Baby Capybaras.

The Other Animals Are so Curious and Interested at the Arrival of the Baby Capybaras.

The next morning Chris noted:  “Scrappy wanted to come out of the pen and tell Rudi, The Patagonia Capy, all about fatherhood.   Collett stayed home with the kids and got a big bowl of oatmeal with milk, a bowl of pellets and fresh hay.    She is doing well and is a great mommy. Babies are all doing good too, no issues at 18 hours”.

Here is another video of Collett:

I have noticed many capybaras chewing on wood or stone in order to maintain healthy teeth. They seem to know exactly what they’re doing so that even with stone there is no danger of them damaging their teeth. In this video Collett is seen chewing on a small twig.

Scrappy and Collett are having just so much fun playing in the hosepipe shower, running around, twirling, jumping and popcorning. There’s just room for them both in the small tub until Scrappy gets amorous! When Marc and Chris burst out laughing, Collett looks at them sternly as if to say “What’s so funny?”. I could watch these two for hours
最も幸せなカピバラはとても楽しいを持って、ポップコーン、、交尾を遊ぶ.

Colette was two months pregnant when this video was made. Cutest Collett Capybara  かわいいコレットカピバラ:  http://youtu.be/Iapp72rXsRk

For more about Arizona Down Under Petting Zoo, see my blog:  http://wp.me/p2HSJP-g6

Arizona  Down Under Petting Zoo has their own Facebook page at:    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arizona-Down-Under-Exotic-Petting-Zoo/100976133422549?ref=ts&fref=ts

Chris Pietilainen has a Facebook page with lots of photos and information at:          https://www.facebook.com/chris.pietilainen

If you are interested in animals I think you will love Lisa’s Creatures, Facebook page. Lisa has a large number of beautiful, adorable and interesting animals. She is extremely well informed about all of them, and as a former teacher knows how to communicate information in a way that is fascinating, accurate and memorable.

Many of the animals who live with her had been rescued and are only alive today thanks to Lisa.

https://www.facebook.com/lisascreatures?ref=ts&fref=ts

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