Neutering a Pet Capybara. Tuff’n’s Story: “Who Stole My Testicles”. ペットのカピバラを去勢. リトルTuff’n彼の睾丸を失い。Tuff’nの物語: “誰が私の睾丸を盗んだ”

The time had come for little Tuff’n to be neutered.

"Where Have They Gone, Who's Taken Them?"

“Where Have They Gone, Who’s Taken Them?”

Anyone contemplating getting a male baby capybara needs to know that they may well have to neuter their beloved friend and this can be a horrible, very painful experience for the little capybara. It can also be costly at around $600.

Many male capybaras become aggressive as they mature and their testosterone levels rise. The norm appears to be for this to happen at about six months, but it can happen as early as 4 1/2 months of age.

Tuff'n Recovers after His Neutering

Tuff’n Recovers after His Neutering

Romeo had a very miserable experience with his neutering and it was a full month before he was back to normal. The use of his hind legs was affected and he had difficulty walking.  Watching him suffer was almost more than Marvin and Elizabeth could bear.

Romeo Is a Very Sensitive, Highly Strung Capybara. Memories of his own experience in this recovery room were too much for him.

Romeo Is a Very Sensitive, Highly Strung Capybara. Memories of his own experience in this recovery room were too much for him.

One reason why Romeo suffered so much more than Tuff’n may have been because Romeo was the first capybara the vet had neutered, and there was a degree of bruising around one of his former testicles, presumably the first testicle to be removed. This area also developed an infection some days later; normally the vet would include an antibiotic as part of the neutering regime, but because capybaras are so sensitive to drugs this was not done in the hopes that it would not be needed. In this case, had he been given an antibiotic he might not have developed the infection. Romeo was also given one extra drug that Tuff’n did not get, as the vet refined the neutering process.

Tuff'n Waiting for His Horrible Operation

Tuff’n Waiting for His Horrible Operation

Romeo and Tuff’n had become close friends… Tuff’n follows Romeo almost everywhere. Male capybaras, with their intrinsic herd hierarchy, are notorious for not getting along, leading to fights and injuries, as they challenge each other for supremacy in the herd. Marvin and Elizabeth could not let a rambunctious, testosterone fuelled Tuff’n destroy this harmonious relationship. Already Tuff’n’s behaviour was changing.  Each day, several times a day, his hormones kicked in and he would try and copulate with any appendage, Marvin’s arm being a favourite.

On several occasions a flying Tuff’n landed on Romeo’s head, attempting to copulate with Romeo’s aristocratic nose. Romeo did not look appreciative!   Tuff’n even tried to copulate with the back of my head on one occasion. Romeo frequently sniffed Tuff’n’s bottom and must have been aware of the changes that were taking place in Tuff’n’s body, and in his demeanour and behaviour.

Tuff'n's Pretty Pink Testicles!   It's such a pity they had to go

Tuff’n’s Pretty Pink Testicles! It’s such a pity they had to go

A date was set with the best vet in Las Vegas, David R Mason, B. Vet. Med, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS, who trained at Imperial College London, and practices at the LVVSC (Las Vegas Veterinary Speciality Centre).

The house was prepared for Tuff’n’s sad arrival home. The bed was taken out of the bedroom and replaced with a 2 inch high foam mattress that would allow little Tuff’n to clamber in and out of bed without trauma. A potty pan was put in the bedroom. A tarpaulin was put on the floor in case of any accidents, as it was expected that Tuff’n would also find it difficult to use his hind legs and might not reach the potty pan in time. Elizabeth and Marvin spent a sleepless night. Marvin had to go to work so Marc and I arranged to meet Elizabeth at the vets to give her both moral and physical support.

Romeo Went along to Give Little Tuff'n Moral Support!

Romeo Went along to Give Little Tuff’n Moral Support!

Romeo went along to give Tuff’n moral support. When he entered the reception area at the vets he was greeted by adoring nurses who remembered him from his two previous visits. He loved the attention and adoration and kissed at least one of the nurses.

However, when we were shown into the recovery room where Tuff’n would be sedated and to which he would return after his operation, Romeo panicked. Memories of his two previous visits and the accompanying pain and suffering came flooding back. He completely freaked out and rushed under a chair, in a feverish state, to hide, followed by Tuff’n who was now also panicking; so much for Romeo being a source of comfort to Tuff’n! Romeo next jumped onto the chair next to Elizabeth and then into her lap. Marc was dispatched to the car to get Romeo’s favourite blanket while Elizabeth did her best to soothe him. Once Romeo was wrapped in his blanket with his head covered he began to relax a little bit. Now that nobody could see him he felt safe. After all if nobody could see him how could he possibly be operated on!

Little Tuff'n Looking Slightly Out Of It

Little Tuff’n Looking Slightly Out Of It

Elizabeth’s hands were now full!   Tuff’n was retrieved from under the chair by the nurse and given an injection to sedate him. The nurse said she would return in 5 minutes to collect little Tuff’n. The worst part was watching little Tuff’n lying on the floor completely still and lifeless, his good eye wide open. What if something went wrong and he never regained consciousness. It was a thought too much to bear.

Little Tuff'n lies unconscious on his blanket on the floor, his good eye wide open, completely lifeless. What if he never regains consciousness....

Little Tuff’n lies unconscious on his blanket on the floor, his good eye wide open, completely lifeless. What if he never regains consciousness….

Once Tuff’n had been taken into the operating room, we took Romeo to a park to graze. I had expected him to be concerned about Tuff’n and worried by his absence since Romeo and Tuff’n always go to the park together to graze. But Romeo betrayed no concern at all, on the contrary he seemed rather pleased to be an “only” capybara again, the centre of everyone’s love and attention. I don’t mean this as criticism of Romeo at all, because he is the most wonderful and thoughtful capybara. Perhaps he was simply relieved to have left the vet’s premises, and was reassured that no scalpels would be going anywhere near him.

In Happier Times

In Happier Times

After about an hour we returned to the doctor’s surgery to collect Tuff’n. While Elizabeth drove home I sat in the back seat with Tuff’n on my lap. His overriding desire was to bite me, perhaps in retaliation for what another human had just inflicted on him. In reality he was probably only trying to nibble me. Capybaras frequently nibble each other as a sign of affection. I felt so sorry for him.

You can see the very neat incisions where Tuff'n's Little Testicles Used to Be. Little Tuff'n Was Rolling on the Floor in Some Pain

You can see the very neat incisions where Tuff’n’s Little Testicles Used to Be.
Little Tuff’n Was Rolling on the Floor in Some Pain

On returning home Tuff’n recovered much more quickly than Romeo. It is interesting to remember his reaction to his horrific birthing injuries, which left him with the loss of his right eye, the ear flap on his right ear and a horrendous cut that went right down to his bone, leaving the bone exposed.   Despite these injuries, Tuff’n ate and played with the other newborn baby capybaras as though nothing had happened.

Romeo looks to Elizabeth for Protection and Reassurance. Why have we come back to visit the vet?

Romeo looks to Elizabeth for Protection and Reassurance: “Why have we come back to visit the vet?”

He was able to walk slowly but normally as soon as he arrived home following the neutering operation. He made an early visit to the potty pan and was able to squat properly despite the recent invasive surgery to this region of his anatomy. Elizabeth massaged him and petted him. He even managed to “sing” his loud happy vocalisations and to go into that blissful state with his hair raised, all within an hour of returning home. You can see why he was given the name Tuff’n, short for “Tough One”.

Poor Little Tuff'n Looking Very Sorry for Himself

Poor Little Tuff’n Looking Very Sorry for Himself

Tuff’n is the only capybara I have heard of who has not suffered unbearably after being neutered.

Tuff'n Valiantly Follows Romeo to the Far End of the House

Tuff’n Valiantly Follows Romeo to the Far End of the House

In the hours and days that followed Romeo frequently sniffed Tuff’n’s bottom to assess the situation. He seemed satisfied and relieved that Tuff’n would no longer pose a threat, and that he Romeo was not the only capybara to have gone through this dreadful operation.

Tuff'n Rolling on the Floor in Pain after His Horrible Operation

Tuff’n Rolling on the Floor in Pain after His Horrible Operation

It breaks Marvin and Elizabeth’s hearts to have to neuter their capybaras. Romeo is such an outstanding male capybara, Elizabeth and Marvin would love to have seen these exceptional genes carried on into future generations. It is against all their values to have to do this to their beloved male capybaras. But Romeo, on several occasions, metamorphosed into a different animal in a testosterone fuelled haze of aggression towards Marvin, his rival as number one in their herd hierarchy. This aggression also coincided with the arrival of cutest baby Tuff’n, a rival for the affections of Elizabeth and Marvin. Up to now Romeo had experienced their undivided love for him, and he knew that would change with Tuff’n’s arrival. There was nothing mean or unpleasant about Romeo’s aggression, he was just acting according to nature. Once the aggressive state had passed, during which he seemed like a capybara possessed by an external force, Romeo returned to being his usual very sweet affectionate self.

The bill for Tuff'n's neutering came to over $600. For Romeo's neutering it was over $700

The bill for Tuff’n’s neutering came to over $600. For Romeo’s neutering it was over $700

Videos of Tuff’n:

Tuff’n Capybara Has To Be Neutered カピバラは、去勢されている必要があり

Tuff’n is six months old and beginning to experience the onset of his “manhood”. He has become quite rambunctious and as his testosterone levels surge he wants to copulate with anything that looks even slightly inviting! A human arm will do, he even took a flying leap landing on Romeo’s nose! Poor Romeo looked quite put out. Tuff’n loves to nibble as he mock copulates.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goq78iI-xcw

Little Tuff’n recovers very quickly from his neutering operation, unlike Romeo who suffered several days of excruciating pain and misery. Elizabeth massages him, and much to my amazement he is singing his little happy vocalisations soon after he arrives home. He even goes briefly into that blissful state with his hair raised. He is an amazing little capybara.

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

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2 thoughts on “Neutering a Pet Capybara. Tuff’n’s Story: “Who Stole My Testicles”. ペットのカピバラを去勢. リトルTuff’n彼の睾丸を失い。Tuff’nの物語: “誰が私の睾丸を盗んだ”

  1. Oh sweet little Tuff’n. I hope you heal fast. I can see that your name fits you well. You and Romeo are both so cute.

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    • Thanks Ann, Tuff’n made an amazing recovery. I was afraid his personality might change after the neutering, but he is still the wonderful happy, mischievous little capybara that he’s always been

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