Kiss the Critter, “Cheap Laughs, and Bullying”. Nobody Who Cared about an Animal Could Ever Submit It To a “Kiss the Critter” Event.

Sweet, Gentle, Trusting Capybara

Sweet, Gentle, Trusting Capybara

In the summer of 2012 an animal that I care very deeply about was subjected to a “Kiss the Critter” event. At the time I was heartbroken and horrified. I expressed my concerns very forcibly. I couldn’t watch the video, I was in tears. The animal looked so confused and distressed. How could anyone do this to a sweet, gentle, loving animal.

At one point one of the men smeared his face with lipstick and kissed the animal, covering the animal’s face with lipstick. It was grotesque, and crude and horrible. Nobody who cared about their animal could possibly subject them to this heartless and demeaning experience.

Last night I came across this article in Psychology Today by Marc Bekoff. In it he condemns everything that I was horrified by.

What depresses me is that we live in an age where people pretend to be animal lovers, but in reality they view animals as entertainment, and very often the animals suffer as a result.

Animals experience very similar emotions to humans. In the part of the brain which processes emotions, the limbic system, all mammals (humans and animals) have the same structures. Mammals also share the same neurochemicals that are important in processing emotions.  We should treat them with respect and love. No human should cause suffering to an animal in the pursuit of their own interests.

Animals experience very similar emotions to humans. In the part of the brain which processes emotions, the limbic system, all mammals (humans and animals) have the same structures. Mammals also share the same neurochemicals that are important in processing emotions. We should treat them with respect and love. No human should cause suffering to an animal in the pursuit of their own interests.

Kiss the Critter and Kiss a Pig Contests, “Cheap Laughs, and Bullying”

As Marc Bekoff  says, and he says it applies to other animals as much as pigs “These inane contests demean everyone involved and should be stopped right now… Stunts based on contempt and ridicule…. These sensitive {animals}… Surrounded by shrieking…. promoting animal exploitation for cheap laughs. The animals have no understanding of what is happening to them. {Animals} are sentient beings who are capable of experiencing fear and pain. Just as none of us would appreciate being held up in front of a jeering crowd, neither do animals. Bullying is bullying, no matter who the victim is.”

Animals suffer when their needs and expectations and desires are not met. All mammals (humans and animals) have the same structures in a part of the brain called the limbic system, which appears to be primarily responsible for our emotional life and the formation of memories. Mammals also share the same neurochemicals that are important in processing emotions, so these arguments from analogy, as scientists call them, are extremely strong and valid ones. I.e. any differences between humans and animals are differences of degree rather than kind. And animals may well experience some things more strongly than humans.

Animals are not objects. We do not own them. There has been a paradigm shift among scientists who study ethology, animal behaviour. Scientists have come to understand that animals have emotions and feelings and are intelligent. We should treat them with the love and respect they deserve.

This is an article that Marc Bekoff wrote for Psychology Today:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201311/kiss-pig-contests-cheap-laughs-and-bullying

“Kiss a Pig Contests, Cheap Laughs, and Bullying

These inane contests demean everyone involved and should be stopped right now

Published on November 8, 2013 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions

Given that schools rightfully aspire to zero tolerance of bullying, they should be at the forefront of encouraging students to be respectful to each other, to their teachers and to all those around them, human and nonhuman alike. So, why are schools (and other organizations) holding events such as “kiss a pig” contests to reward students for reading or to motivate them in their fundraising? These spectacles send the reckless message that stunts based on contempt and ridicule are not only condoned but also encouraged.

Whether or not a student or teacher is well liked, it’s clear that the person who gets the most votes and has to kiss a pig is considered a “loser.” In “kiss a pig” contests, these sensitive animals are surrounded by shrieking kids and the pigs have no understanding of what is happening to them. The piglets often scream in fright, urinate and struggle to escape.

Schools should recognize that these kinds of incentives encourage students to be openly disdainful of their teachers and also foster derision and disrespect toward both educators and pigs. Instead of mocking pigs, students could learn a lot of positive lessons about kindness and compassion from them.

Pigs are loyal friends and amiable companions. Smart and inquisitive, they enjoy exploring and uncovering new and interesting things. They dream and also enjoy listening to music and getting back rubs. Calling someone “a pig” should actually be a compliment.

Pigs are sentient beings who are capable of experiencing fear and pain. Just as none of us would appreciate being held up in front of a jeering crowd, neither do pigs. Bullying is bullying, no matter who the victim is. The teacher who would stop a child from being picked on should extend the same compassion toward animals. Educators must recognize the danger of instigating group antipathy (the so-called “mob mentality”) and how doing so prompts otherwise kind people to behave badly.

If students were taught how personable pigs really are, I feel certain these contests would be stopped once and for all. Young people can learn to appreciate pigs for the truly remarkable beings they are. Pigs offer valuable lessons in forgiveness, resilience and confidence, and I know this firsthand from a pig I met a few years ago named Geraldine.

Geraldine was a rescued potbellied pig living at a lovely sanctuary called Kindness Ranch. Although she had known nothing but cruelty before being rescued, she was personable and clearly interested in assessing me for acceptance as a new friend. Once I passed muster and she trusted me, she demanded nothing but companionship and belly rubs. Geraldine had every reason to be hostile and fearful, but she put her bad past behind her and moved forward with optimism and cheer. The idea of subjecting Geraldine or any of her kin to derision or discomfort is utterly unthinkable.

Links between animal abuse and human abuse are well-known

In light of the devastating consequences of bullying, schools are doing the right thing to take steps to curb anti-social behavior. And those steps must include extending kindness to everyone, including other animals, as there are well-established links between abusing nonhuman animals and bullying humans (see also and “Animal Cruelty and Antisocial Behavior: A Very Strong Link“).

With so many innovative and humane ways to motivate kids, schools are failing themselves and their students by promoting animal exploitation for cheap laughs. These sorts of events should be stopped immediately and the reasons for doing so should be made very clear. Both humans and other animals will benefit from these discussions.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Marc Bekoff is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a past Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. Marc is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, in which he works with students of all ages, senior citizens, and prisoners, and also is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. He and Jane co-founded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000. Marc is on the Board of Directors of The Fauna Sanctuary and The Cougar Fund and on the advisory board for Animal Defenders, the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group, and Project Coyote. He has been part of the international program, Science and the Spiritual Quest II and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) program on Science, Ethics, and Religion. Marc is also an honorary member of Animalisti Italiani and Fundacion Altarriba. In 2006 Marc was named an honorary board member of Rational Animal and a patron of the Captive Animals’ Protection Society. In 2009 he was named a member of the Scientific Expert Advisory Panel of Voiceless, The Animal Protection Institute and a faculty member of the Humane Society University, and in 2010 he was named to the advisory board of Living with Wolves and Greenvegans and the advisory council of the National Museum of Animals & Society. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the Auckland (New Zealand) SPCA. Marc is also on the Board of Directors for Minding Animals International.

This is a link to Marc Bekoff’s homepage:

http://www.literati.net/authors/marc-bekoff/

 

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Famous Capybaras of The World; American Capybaras. 世界の有名なカピバラ、アメリカのカピバラ。

 

ROMEO and TUFF’N

Romeo and Tuff'n, Snuggling Together for Company and Emotional Support

Romeo and Tuff’n, Snuggling Together for Company and Emotional Support

Possibly the cutest capybaras in America.

Romeo and Tuff'n. You can see Tuff'n's injured eye in this photo. Poor little Tuff'n, but he doesn't let it bother him. He is so Brave and Mischievous.  Nap Time

Romeo and Tuff’n. You can see Tuff’n’s injured eye in this photo. Poor little Tuff’n, but he doesn’t let it bother him. He is so Brave and Mischievous. Nap Time

Tuff’n has a growing fan club who think he is the cutest animal on earth. He suffered an horrific mystery accident shortly after birth which has left him with only one eye, his ear flap missing and a deep scar along the side of his little body. Fortunately his ear works perfectly. None of this seems to have had any psychological effect on him and he is the most fearless and mischievous of capybaras. Tuff’n is the sweetest little hedonist you could ever meet, and incredibly vocal. Some days he wanders around singing those magical happy capybara sounds all day long, even when he poohs!  He has a very loud voice as well, even though he is still just a baby.  He loves to be pampered or to laze all day in the sun.

My Favourite Photo of Tuff'n, when he was about two months old. I think this should be on the cover of Vogue magazine.

My Favourite Photo of Tuff’n, when he was about two months old. I think this should be on the cover of Vogue magazine.

Romeo has stolen my heart. He always tries to do the right thing even when it goes against his nature and against what any other capybara would do.  He can be very emotional and moody, something he has inherited from his mother Nibbles. For the first four months of his life he was an only capybara, the centre of attention and the joy of everyone’s life. Then out of the blue came this cute little injured baby capybara, and suddenly Romeo was no longer the centre of attention and had to share Marvin and Elizabeth love with Tuff’n, the new arrival. His first instinct was to bite little Tuff’n, but over time he came to at first tolerate and then bond with his little rival.  Now he often looks to Tuff’n for emotional support in difficult situations. Romeo understands right from wrong and he knew Marvin didn’t want him to bite Tuff’n, but rather he understood that Marvin wanted him to be friends with Tuff’n

Romeo looks so sweet sleeping

Romeo looks so sweet sleeping

Marvin and Elizabeth are breaking new ground in terms of developing a relationship with their capybaras.  They have put a great deal of time and sensitivity into understanding them, and putting them at the centre of their lives, compared with other capybaras I know.. The happiness of their capybaras comes first.  They are easily the happiest capybaras I’ve encountered.

Romeo and Tuff'n snuggle with Elizabeth

Romeo and Tuff’n snuggle with Elizabeth

CAPLIN ROUS   キャプリンラウス

Caplin!  Photo by Melanie Typaldos

Caplin! Photo by Melanie Typaldos

“When I first saw Caplin Rous I was not prepared for his cuteness. At 11 days old, he was the last of five siblings to find a home. I could not believe that someone could have chosen another capybara over him. For the next three and a half years, I spent every moment I could with him. When I was not with him physically, he was always on my mind. He transformed my life in ways I could not have imagined. But it was not just my life that changed, Caplin was an amazing ambassador for capybaras and all rodents. He would go anywhere and do anything. On more than one occasion he would literally have hundreds of children pet him in a single day. I am sure that seeing him and petting him left permanent fond memories in many of those children. My heart broke when Caplin died and there is still an enormous capybara-shaped hole in it that can never be filled.”   Melanie Typaldos, Caplin’s ‘owner’.

CAPY 

(Capy is the Breeding Male at Kapi’yva Exotics)

Capy has many famous sons including Garibaldi Rous, Chico, Scrappy, Romeo and Templeton. They have all inherited Capy’s outstanding character, charm and good looks.

Capy is Garibaldi Rous enchanting father. (Gari’s mother is Scarlett. Scarlett is also the mother of Chico, Scrappy and Templeton. )  Capy really impressed me with his intelligence, charm and desire to please when I visited Kapi’yva.  Each time I offered him a handful of grass, and I offered him a lot of handfuls of grass, he stood up on his hind legs and begged so cutely. He didn’t need to make all that effort, he could have just pointed his nose towards the grass. I think he is an excellent choice for a breeding male. Capy is also the father of Scrappy and Romeo

Capy with a Mischievous Look in His Eyes

Capy is five years old and was Justin’s first capybara.   Justin says “nothing attracted me to him specifically, he was just the easiest to catch out of the litter when I bought him.  He was 100% parent raised and very wild for the first few months, he really settled down and got very mellow when he reached adulthood.”

Romeo, Scrappy and Gari's father.  He really impressed me with his intelligence, charm and desire to please. Each time I offered him a handful of grass, and I offered him a lot of handfuls of grass, he stood up on his hind legs and begged so cutely. He didn't need to make all that effort, he could have just pointed his nose towards the grass.

Romeo, Scrappy and Gari’s father.He really impressed me with his intelligence, charm and desire to please. Each time I offered him a handful of grass, and I offered him a lot of handfuls of grass, he stood up on his hind legs and begged so cutely. He didn’t need to make all that effort, he could have just pointed his nose towards the grass.

Justin’s choice of Capy was very fortuitous, because of his excellent character and personality.   Capy is an outstanding choice for a breeding male of pet capybaras.  Since pet capybaras live in people’s homes it is essential that they are friendly, calm, non-destructive, intelligent and sweet natured.

Capy, Gari's father. An exceptionally friendly capybara. Every time I offered him a handful of grass he got up on his hind legs in the cutest pose to take the grass. I asked if he had been trained to do this but he hadn't. He just went to all that extra effort of his own free will, and he captured my heart!

Capy, Gari’s father. An exceptionally friendly capybara. Every time I offered him a handful of grass he got up on his hind legs in the cutest pose to take the grass. I asked if he had been trained to do this but he hadn’t. He just went to all that extra effort of his own free will, and he captured my heart!

CAPPYBOPPY

The Story of Capyboppy, written and illustrated by Bill Peet

From the book Capyboppy:  ” Bill persuades his parents to let him get a capybara rather than a snake. It was agreed and Bill placed the order. When it arrived, Bill drove it up to the door in his jeep.

The capybara jumped out and waddled into the house making sounds like a bird, “tweedle-tweet.” This aroused the curiosity of the three cats, but when they saw the big fella, the cats all jumped and ran.”

Capyboppy

Capyboppy

Capyboppy

Bill Peet, aged (I’m guessing) about 17, persuades his parents to let him have a Capybara as a pet. Capyboppy arrives, and immediately settles in, acting for all the world as if he owned the place…easily the most important member of the family. He chews everything and terrorises the cats, but his captivating charms ensure he wins the hearts of the family. Bill’s mother is particularly captivated, she pampers him with showers in the morning and in the evening he sits on her lap and watches TV with the family. At weekends he plays with Bill’s friends in the swimming pool, the centre of attention. The only part of his daily ritual he doesn’t like is when he is dispatched on his own to the garage to spend the night alone. Capybaras are exceptionally social animals, and a capy in the wild would never sleep alone.

Bill Peet’s Drawing of Capybaras in the Wild

When summer comes Bill goes away with some friends. The parents, finding that a wild animal can make a slightly unruly pet when its closest friend abandons it, decide to make an enclosure for Capyboppy in the garden where he can spend the summer. Banished from the house, and the socialising he needs, he becomes depressed. One day a young boy, a friend of the family, comes over to visit and goes out to feed Capyboppy some grass. In his confused and depressed state Capyboppy bites him. Bill’s younger brother gives Capyboppy a ferocious kick which sends him to the bottom of the swimming pool where he stays a considerable time. Eventually he surfaces and crawls to a patch of grass where he remains motionless. The family ignore him despite the fact that he has suffered a serious wound as a result of the kick. No effort is made to check up on him or to take him to a vet, even when he has not moved at all for hours. Two days later the family belatedly wonder if he is still alive!

 Capyboppy enters his new home, and ignores the cats


Capyboppy enters his new home, and ignores the cats

Although the boy who was bitten does not in any way hold Capyboppy responsible, the family decide they can no longer keep him and he is sent to a zoo. Despite the obvious signs that Capyboppy is being bullied by the hippos who share his enclosure, the family leave him there. The book ends at this point. Capyboppy is eventually attacked and killed (by guanacos I believe). This all takes place in the 1960s

Bill Peet went on to do artwork for Disney, and his talent as an artist can be seen in the many excellent drawings featuring Capyboppy, which completely capture his engaging personality and his exceptionally expressive capybara face.

I enjoyed the first half of the book, but overall I found it deeply depressing and I am stunned that so many people claim to like it and recommend it for children. They cannot possibly be true animal lovers.

The moral of the story: if you are going to have a pet and most especially if you are hoping to turn a wild animal into a house pet, do your homework. Make sure you understand its needs and be certain you will still find it enchanting when it grows out of its small, cute baby phase. Most of all, are you the sort of person who will act responsibly, and always put your pet’s needs first, before your own needs and desires. The Peets appear to have given little thought to Capyboppy’s emotional well being as he grew older and larger; ultimately abandoning him to his fate at the zoo in LA despite the warning signs that the hippos, with whom he shared the enclosure, would never provide him with the companionship he desperately needed.

Cappyboppy: “The capybara jumped out and waddled into the house making sounds like a bird, “tweedle-tweet.”

His favorite food was graham crackers, and some days Margaret, Bill’s mother, would scratch his back with the back-scratcher until every one of his hairs stood on end.

CHEESECAKE

Janice and Cheesecake: "I'll give you a kiss if you'll give me a taste"

Janice and Cheesecake: “I’ll give you a kiss if you’ll give me a taste”

“I had long been intrigued by Capybaras and had mentioned it to an internet forum friend I had never actually met. When my world famous African Watusi passed away, this friend and a few others from the forum, talked together and decided to surprise me with a gift….this gift turned out to be a baby Capybara! This was Keith, who sadly passed away at 7 weeks of age from an undetermined cause. His wonderful breeder, Mary Stropes, kindly offered me a future baby to fill that empty spot…. so almost two years ago, on Christmas Day, a little Capy girl was born. I brought her home a  few months later and she made herself at home in my house full of dogs, and often other critters. I named her Cheesecake! She grew up keeping company with BIG dogs, Emus, fawns, ducks, chicks, a pig, mini horses, sheep, a tortoise and occasionally others. She still shares well with all! And she loves when visitors come cause it means treats! She will crawl right into their laps for goodies. I look forward to many years with my Cheezy girl.” –

Cheesecake has achieved worldwide fame by being foster mother to many many, abandoned and orphaned puppies. She is a fantastic capybara

Cheesecake has achieved worldwide fame by being foster mother to many many, abandoned and orphaned puppies. She is a fantastic capybara

 

Janice runs the Rocky Ridge Refuge in North Arkansas, “a place of helping and healing for a wide variety of special needs animals that find their way here.  The Refuge is located in North Arkansas. An intro of sorts- http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=136489387053&subj=137155

Cheesecake has achieved worldwide fame by being foster mother to many many abandoned and orphaned puppies. She is a fantastic capybara

Cheesecake has achieved worldwide fame by being foster mother to many many abandoned and orphaned puppies. She is a fantastic capybara

The Refuge Mission:  “To improve the lives of animals by the ways and means available to me; and from the interaction with various creatures, to share the lessons learned with any who want to hear, and share the joy with any who wish to see……”

Find them on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/rockyridgerefuge

and at:   www.rockyridgerefuge.com

Cobbler is another adorable capybara at Rocky Ridge Refuge

Cobbler is another adorable capybara at Rocky Ridge Refuge

Cheesecake and Nathan are sister and brother.

(All photos by Janice Wolf)

GARIBALDI ROUS

Garibaldi Rous Waiting for Me!

Garibaldi Rous Waiting for Me!

You could not find a more sweet natured capybara than Gari. As his owner Melanie frequently says “Gari does not have a mean bone in his body”. He is the perfect pet capybara: he never bites, he does his poohs in the bowl where he is supposed to, he does not make messes around the house. He is very gentle, gentle enough that you can swim in the pool with him, which is not true of most capybaras. He doesn’t pooh in his pool. My enduring regret is that I was not looking for a pet capybara when Gari was born.

Gari is so gentle in the pool; most capybaras are too aggressive when they play in the pool, it would be dangerous for a person to join them in their pool. He never does his poohs in the pool.

Gari is so gentle in the pool; most capybaras are too aggressive when they play in the pool, it would be dangerous for a person to join them in their pool. He never does his poohs in the pool.

Gari was the first capybara I met.  I adored him from the moment I saw him and I feel very privileged that he really seemed to like me. He is the only capybara who sits  on my lap, and he is the only capybara I’ve kissed!  Paradise is having a capybara sitting on your lap looking very happy;  nothing can beat that.   Swimming with Gari is addictive. Even though my arms are pathetically weak, and I can’t spin him many times over, the way everyone else does, he still came back to me for more of my gentle pathetic ‘spins’.

A face to die for. Sweet Vulnerable Garibaldi Rous

A face to die for. Sweet Vulnerable Garibaldi Rous

That I am passionate about capybaras is entirely due to Gari

Gari

Gari

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

CHICO

Chico’s father is Capy and his mother is Scarlett so he is Garibaldi Rous and Scrappy’s full brother.

He lives with Jackie Coleman Wren in Arkansas. You can find him on Facebook.

This is what Jackie has to say about Chico “He was born Feb 18th, 2014  at Kapi’vya exotics. He weighed 4.2 pounds at 10 days of age when he came home to jackie wren and jeff buckley. He , like most capy’s, enjoys running, swimming, meeting new people and playing. His best friend is a chihuahua named Bambi. Bambi even eats hay with him! ”

Chico. Photo by Jackie

Chico. Photo by Jackie

SCRAPPY AND COLLETT
“Scrappy’s parents are Capy and Scarlett hence the name, Scrappy Capyson.   This makes Scrappy Gari’s (Garibaldi Rous) full brother.   Collett also came from Kapi’yva, but with different parents.  Her father was Shorty.   She was named by my friend Lisa,  {of Lisa’s Creatures, on Facebook].

They do all have very distinct personalities. Watching these two here and meeting Senior Capy up in New River, I have noticed that they all have their own presence and bearing. They also each seem to see the world in their own different way.”

Father Scrappy enjoying some corn

Father Scrappy enjoying some corn

Collett

Collett


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

Looking at the photos of Scrappy and Collett you can see how entertaining they are to watch as they play together, or with their other co-pets who include Rebecca the emu who thinks she is a capybara and loves rolling in water with them all. Scrappy and Collett come inside to eat and watch television; I can’t think of more desirable houseguests and dinner companions. Scrappy and Collett will soon be proud parents.
Thanksgiving Breakfast, Served Indoors. “I tossed a head of lettuce at the door this morning. Rudi came in first, then Collett came in followed by Scrappy. The funniest part of them being inside is that they are on the tips of their toes walking around on the tile, all you hear is the click of toenails walking around the house.”
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.

For more about Scrappy and Collett and their New Babies born on 9th of April 2013, see my blog:

https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/scrappy-and-collett-capybaras-in-love-baby-capybaras/

ADORA

Princess Adora, usually called Addy, is Scrappy and Collett’s daughter. She lives with Chris and Sherry at Arizona Down Under Petting Zoo.

Adora eating a corn husk

Adora eating a corn husk

Petting Addy

Petting Addy

 30 Nov 2014 022 Addy and Todd
 In this video I am petting baby capybara Addy; she looks absolutely blissful.http://youtu.be/kEpcepBhwDUODIN

 Odin settles down to sleep once his head is covered with a blanket, just like his cousin


Odin settles down to sleep once his head is covered with a blanket, just like his cousin

Sleepy Little Odin

Sleepy Little Odin

Scrappy and Collett’s son, Little Odin, 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. He lives at Arizona Down Under Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, in Queen Creek just South East of Phoenix Arizona. You can visit him there. For details, click on my link below. His father is Scrappy and his mother is Collett. He is related to Romeo, Gari and Señor.

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Garibaldi Rous, Sweet Natured, Gentle Capybara. Capybaras are The Most Adorable Animals in the World

 

Garibaldi Rous:    Enchanting Capybara

Garibaldi Rous Waiting for Me!

Garibaldi Rous Waiting for Me!

Gari

Gari

It would be hard to find a more sweet natured capybara than Gari. As his owner Melanie frequently says “Gari does not have a mean bone in his body”.   He is the perfect pet capybara:  he never bites, he does his poohs in the bowl where he is supposed to, he does not make messes around the house.   He is very gentle, gentle enough that you can swim in the pool with him, which is not true of most capybaras. He doesn’t pooh in his pool. My enduring regret is that I was not looking for a pet capybara when Gari was born. I also regret that he is neutered because I would love to have had one of his babies.

 

Capy, Gari's father. An exceptionally friendly capybara. Every time I offered him a handful of grass he got up on his hind legs in the cutest pose to take the grass. I asked if he had been trained to do this but he hadn't. He just went to all that extra effort of his own free will, and he captured my heart!

Capy, Gari’s father. An exceptionally friendly capybara. Every time I offered him a handful of grass he got up on his hind legs in the cutest pose to take the grass. I asked if he had been trained to do this but he hadn’t. He just went to all that extra effort of his own free will, and he captured my heart!

Gari was the first capybara I met.  I had only seen capybaras at a distance when visiting zoos. I adored him from the moment I saw him and I feel very privileged that he really seemed to like me. He is the only capybara who sits on my lap, and he is the only capybara I’ve kissed!

Paradise is having a capybara sitting on your lap looking very happy. Swimming with Gari is addictive. Even though my arms are pathetically weak, and I can’t spin him many times over, the way everyone else does, he still comes back to me for more.

Gari is so gentle in the pool; most capybaras are too aggressive when they play in the pool, it would be dangerous for a person to join them in their pool. He never does his poohs in the pool.

Gari is so gentle in the pool; most capybaras are too aggressive when they play in the pool, it would be dangerous for a person to join them in their pool. He never does his poohs in the pool.click cancel

That I am passionate about capybaras is mainly due to Gari. For me there is no more desirable animal in the world, no other animal even comes close. And of course I prefer capybaras to many people.

Swimming With Garibaldi ROUS is an Amazing and Addictive Experience

Swimming With Garibaldi ROUS is an Amazing and Addictive Experience

Gari was described by his breeder as the friendliest baby capybara in his litter. What turned the friendliest capybara into a capybara who is wary of strangers? Gari is still very friendly, but only after he has appraised you and reassured himself that you wish him no harm.

Baby Garibaldi Rous, just a few days old. He is the one wearing the star. His breeder took this photo.. His breeder described Gari as the smallest and friendliest in his litter

Baby Garibaldi Rous, just a few days old. He is the one wearing the star. His breeder took this photo.. His breeder described Gari as the smallest and friendliest in his litter

Gari definitely has a sense of humour, and often a mischievous one

Garibaldi Rous in the pool

We don’t really know what his life with his previous owner was like. The fact that she wanted to get rid of him and asked Kapi’yva, his breeder, to take him back, suggests his start in life was not happy. Gari, it seems, was not loved. It breaks my heart to think of this, as Gari more than any other capybara deserves to be loved. He is so well behaved he really deserves the very best in life.

So Sweet and Innocent

So Sweet and Innocent

Melanie had chosen the shortest flight for his journey from Ohio to Austin. Unfortunately his owner in Ohio missed the flight!   Gari ended up going on an epic 12 hour journey by air, with a transit in Atlanta. The endless vibrations of the aircraft, with two landings and takeoffs and the pressurisations these entailed , terrified poor Gari, all alone in his cage, confused and bewildered. An experience like this will leave permanent changes in the brain and I believe Gari may still be suffering from PTSD, which is why he is so frightened of going out in the car.

I love the way he curls his paw

I love the way he curls his paw

Gari is the sweetest, most gentle Capybara.  He never bites, even in situations where I would bite.   He is one of the most captivating, perfect living creatures.

Looking So Wise and Winsome

Gari thought my Hat Looked Tasty, He Loves Cotton

Gari is an exceptionally sweet capybara and deserves all the love and happiness he can get.

Gari passed away on Sunday February 16th, 2014.  He was less than 4 years old.   I am absolutely heartbroken.

Gari was the unluckiest capybara.  He was the perfect capybara to be a much loved family member.   All he ever wanted to be was a stay at home pet.

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