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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5 thoughts on “Scrappy and Collett, Capybaras in Love … Baby Capybaras

  1. Pingback: Arizona Down Under Exotic Petting Zoo; a good place to see and pet some of nature’s friendly and exotic animals | capybaraworld

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  3. What a lovely, uplifting video of the births of Collette’s and Scrappy’s four newborns! They are all adorable. Collette seems to be a good mother and Scrappy a caring, devoted father. I am interested in knowing about how long the birth process is and whether or not female capybaras appear to be in pain while delivering their young.

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    • Bonnie,Thank you very much for your comments, they are much appreciated. Unfortunately I wasn’t there for the births, she was only two months pregnant when I visited. They were Chris’s photos, but I feel really excited for her. I do wonder though how she will feel about all have four babies being taken away from her so soon after she has given birth. Capybaras are very emotional and I imagine she will be quite depressed. I will try and find out more about the birthing process and I will let you know

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