The Sounds Capybaras Make. Capybaras’ Vocalisations, Calls and Barks 水豚發出的聲音。 水豚的發聲、叫聲和吠叫 サウンドは、カピバラメイク。カピバラ発声、呼び出し、樹皮

You can hear all these magical capybara sounds if you click on the videos in this blog 請觀看視頻以聆聽神奇的水豚發聲 魔法のカピバラの発声を聞くためにビデオを見てください

The Sounds Capybaras Make. Capybaras’ Vocalisations, Calls and Barks サウンドは、カピバラメイク。カピバラ発声、呼び出し、樹皮

Capybaras are a very vocal species and vocal communication is very important to them in terms of regulating social encounters and alerting other members of their herd to what is happening in their environment such as the presence of predators or babies becoming isolated from the herd.

Capybaras are very gregarious and frequently vocalize. Some of their vocalisations are outside the range of human hearing at ultrasonic or infrasonic levels. Capybaras also communicate through body language and smell. Capybaras have very high olfactory and emotional intelligence.

Hinase Momiji 在長崎生物公園的等級中排名第一和第二。 他們是最好的朋友,一起玩耍,一起睡覺,互相跟隨。 紅葉通常領先,但在食物方面,日瀨總是獲勝。 在這段視頻中,他們互相呼喚,似乎在說來和我一起在池塘里玩吧

ヒナセとモミジは親友です。長崎バイオパークヒエラルキーで1位と2位.  Hinase, number 1 in the herd hierarchy, and Momiji, number 2 in the herd hierarchy, are the best of friends. They play together in the pond every day for several hours, guard the entrance to the Onsen in winter and sometimes they won’t allow any other capybara to enter the Onsen. They often call each other, often a strident “come here” vocalisation, especially when one of them is in the pond and wants the other to join her. On hearing the “come here” call the other capybara will usually swim over, but not always. Momiji is a very intense capybara and her call sounds particularly urgent and strident. Momiji usually leads when they go off together, and takes much more interest in herd activities. Where food is concerned Hinase always wins. Hinase can be a bit of a bully and when they are playing in the pond she usually rides on Momiji and sometimes becomes aggressive, at which Momiji swims away quickly but soon returns so she must know Hinase’s aggression will be short lived. Hinase gets very frustrated because despite being number 1 in the hierarchy she is not allowed to mate with Kona, the breeding male, who is in a separate enclosure. Aoba, Momiji’s daughter, should be the next female capybara to mate but the current chief capybara keeper has no understanding of capybara behaviour or capybara husbandry and chooses the female capybaras who will allow her to “interfere” with the pups as soon as they are born.

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Capybaras make the most beautiful sounds and vocalisations. When they are happy, or pleased to see you, they make a soft, chuckling sound known in academic circles as “click call”.

A Capybara chorus, when a number of capybaras sing in unison, is truly magical.

In the video below you can hear a herd of female capybaras singing in unison. Capybaras make the most beautiful vocalisations when the females sing to the males and the males sing to the females. In this video the female capybaras set off en masse to visit Toku, the male capybara. This procession may start when a very high ranking female capybara, it used to be Donguri, sets off towards Toku’s enclosure. She will sometimes bark to announce her departure and she very often makes a deep, gruff call. Toku also often sings when they arrive. When they arrive at Toku’s enclosure some of the capybaras rub their morillos on the fence of his enclosure or on the rope barrier just before the entrance to his enclosure. This morillo rubbing is usually done by the most senior capybaras in the hierarchy, Donguri, Hinase, Maple, Momiji and Zabon, although Ryoko, Aoba and some of the younger ones also rub their morillos.

This is the sound of a very happy capybara: Tuff’n is one of the most vocal capybaras I have met. When he was a young pup Tuff’n sometimes vocalised for much of the day; a juvenile i.e., very young capybara does this vocalisation to keep in touch with his herd and to let the herd know where he is.  Tuff’s herd was Romeo.  Now that he is an adult Tuff’n only “sings” for specific reasons, for example, in anticipation of being petted or being given food, making his ‘happy sound’ (click call) as he wanders round the house, or when he is eating or even when he “poohs”! Tuff’n is a hedonist and loves to be pampered or to laze all day in the sun. He has a very loud voice as well, even though, in this video, he is still just a 2-month-old baby. Sometimes his happy call is interspersed with a shrill call, as in this video. Tuff’n is bonded to Romeo, whereas Romeo is bonded to the humans he lives with. Tuff’n becomes very anxious if he doesn’t know where Romeo is. Romeo becomes very anxious if his humans leave the home.

2. The sound of a whole herd of capybaras singing in unison is truly magical. Here you can hear the herd singing loudly in the background as you watch young Yuzu slipping about as she tries to scratch herself on a slippery, mossy ledge in the pond.カピバラの群れの曲の全体的な音が一斉に素晴らしい、本当に魔法です。ここでは、滑り若いゆずを見ることができます。彼女は苔むした、滑りやすい棚の上に自分自身を傷つけしようとします。池の中

Here is another video of fifteen Capybaras singing in unison. Everything comes alive with the magical sound of Capybaras. This chorus goes on for up to half an hour or longer. Some afternoons we were treated to this chorus on at least two or three occasions over the course of the afternoon, other afternoons no chorus at all. After watermelon time, one or two capybaras make their escape to the freedom of the pond, while the others remain in the petting area. Then the chorus starts as the capybaras begin to think about moving en masse into the water. After about 10 minutes the exodus begins. The four youngest tend to be reluctant to leave since they get the most pampering and feeding, and they know that if they stay behind every visitor who comes into their enclosure will buy some bamboo or at least one container of ‘Capybara’ pellets to feed them.

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最大限に音を上げてください Please turn sound up to maximum
斉に歌っている15頭のカピバラたち、これほど不思議な光景はありません。すべては、カピバラたちの不思議な音声で盛り上がっています。 このコーラス(合唱)は、少なくとも30分に及んでいます。

3. The sound a capybara mother makes as her babies suckle is truly magical. She goes into a trancelike state, her eyes glaze over and she starts to “sing”. She relaxes and seems to be very happy. Based on my observations it seems to me the sensation of the babies suckling at her teats maybe a very pleasurable one for a mother capybara.

4. This is the joyful sound of capybaras romancing: Female capybaras rub and nibble the male capybara and vocalise:

5 At the start of this video Kaede, a female capybara, emits a series of calls. Kaede frequently escapes from the enclosure, but unlike the other capybaras who like to escape, she doesn’t always go to the lush green grass near the enclosure. She often goes to visit Ran, a male capybara all alone in a tiny pen nearby. She sits against the wall of his pen and he comes over to be as close to her as possible on the other side of the wall. They cannot see each other because of the solid wall. Kaede is low down in the female hierarchy so perhaps she sees her chances of mating with the very desirable Yasushi as slender and is setting her sights on Ran instead.

The capybaras sitting by the gate in the video are all hoping to escape. It tends to be the same capybaras all the time who like to escape. Yasushi is the magnificent long-haired male in this video, showing an interest in some of the females; you will notice that the females are also showing an interest in Yasushi by sniffing his rear end and his testicles. He is always the centre of attention for the female capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park.

“ビデオの始まりはカエデから(2008年9月10日に生まれた雌のカピバラ)は一連の囁きを発します。私は彼女が何を言ったのか、囁いたのか、知っていいればと思います。カエデは、一番の脱出の名人。(カピバラのエリアから)しかし、逃げるのを好む他のカピバラとは異なり、彼女は構内の近くの青々とした緑の芝生に必ずしも行きません。 彼女はランを訪ねにしばしば行きます。そして、オスのカピバラの近くで小さな囲いの中で一人きりで居ます。彼女はオスのカピバラの反対側に座ります。そしてオスは、出来るだけ親しくしようと近寄ってきます。カエデは、女性のカピバラ階級の中では下位にいます。おそらく彼女はヤスシと結婚する可能性を感じいますが、、ランにも興味を持たせるようにしています。ランはたぶん生物学的にみると、将来パークのカピバラのボスになる存在でしょう。                                                                                        ビデオの中で門のそばに座っているカピバラのすべては、逃げることを望んでいます。 誰が逃げるのが好きかは、常に同じカピバラである傾向があります。 ヤスシはこのビデオの中の素晴らしい長髪のカピバラです。そして、女性の何人かに対する関心を示します。あなたは、女性が彼の後部と彼のピンク色の大事なところ(男性自身)のにおいを嗅ぐことによってヤスシに対する関心も示していると気がつきます。 彼は、常に長崎バイオパークの雌のカピバラの注目の的です

6. I believe this unusual sounding capybara vocalisation is sometimes a sign of frustration. This vocalisation is usually made by very high ranking females and breeding males. Donguri makes this call when she wants to visit the male capybara, Toku, however he is in a separate enclosure and she cannot be with him. Hinase and Momiji, number 1 and number 2 in the Bio Park hierarchy, frequently call each other like this, to come to them.  In summer, they often do this at around 1 pm to play in the pond or to go to visit the breeding male.

On the occasion shown in this video Donguri has already made this strange vocalisation several times. It is barely audible the second time (after about 28 seconds). She is calling to Momiji who is in a separate enclosure with her three babies. Donguri is Momiji’s mother. In the wild Donguri would have access to all the capybaras in the herd including her grandchildren and great grandchild, so it must be very upsetting and frustrating for her that she cannot get to them. Donguri also got very upset when a film crew entered Momiji’s enclosure and Momiji became very stressed. Donguri makes the same call when she hurries over to Toku’s enclosure. She has been rubbing her morillo and marking and urinating in Toku’s presence so she may be coming into oestrus.

This is a very interesting sounding call.  I have never seen reference to it in research papers on capybara vocalisations.

The Bark:

8.  Capybara Alarm Calls “Danger Humans” カピバラアラームが呼び出し「危険の人間」

Most afternoons at about 4 PM Goemon, a 4-year-old male capybara who was born at Nagasaki Bio Park and is in a separate enclosure to keep him apart from the females, makes the most compelling, frantic calls. (see video below)!

In the video below, Syu repeatedly makes this alarm call (whistle) alerting the rest of the herd.

9. Tooth Chattering 歯のチャタリング

You can hear and see tooth chattering just after 1 minute and 8 seconds and again for longer at about 1 minute and 32 seconds. Yuzu is doing the tooth chattering. She has been put in a separate enclosure because six of the capybaras in the main herd attacked her. I was told she doesn’t defend herself which is why these capybaras pick on her, but I don’t know if that is accurate.

 This is the anxious call/vocalisation of a baby capybara. In this case little Donut has lost his mother, Momiji. Momiji hears his cries and comes looking for him, then Donut and brother Choco suckle.

10. The Appeasement Call/Vocalisation: this is the call made by a subordinate capybara who is being chased or attacked by a more senior capybara. In essence it is saying “please don’t attack me, I am no threat to you, I respect your place in the hierarchy”. I have seen no reference to this vocalisation in research papers. 

Alarm Calls and Distress Calls

When Aoba was injured she went into hiding in the pond under the boardwalk at Nagasaki Bio Park. When she still had not appeared the next morning the keepers became anxious and called her to come out with no response. Aoba’s mother, Momiji, understanding the situation then began calling frantically to her five-year-old daughter. About 10 minutes later Aoba swam out. I found this extremely interesting; it showed how strong the relationship between mother and daughter capybara was and what an exceptional mother Momiji was. You can see this in part of the video below:

Capybara Facts and Information. Everything You Wanted To Know About Capybaras カピバラの事実と情報. カピバラについて知りたいすべてのもの. 水豚事實和信息。 你想知道的關於水豚的一切

I am afraid I have had to remove the photos as some nasty person has been removing the watermark from my photos and uploading them to the internet. It is illegal to remove the watermark.

Capybara Facts and Information (Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris).

The capybara has attracted the attention of explorers and writers to South America from the 16th century onward. They were struck by both its size and its gregariousness and relative tameness. The capybara is the last survivor of a long line of gigantic grass eating rodents that evolved in South America over millions of years. The salient feature of capybara behaviour is undoubtedly their gregariousness.   It is the world’s largest rodent.

Scientific name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris.

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In the past capybaras were also known as Water Pig.

The name, capybara, originates from a word in the language of the indigenous Tupi people (ka’pii which means grass + gwara which means eater). The language of the Tupi was the most widely spoken language in South America in the 16th century and means grass eater although the translation “Master of the Grasses” is more poetic and reflects their diet and to some extent their habitat. There are many, many different names for the capybara in South America, the most common of these include: carpincho, capivara, chiguire, ronsoco.

There are 2 species of capybara:    The less common species is the Lesser Capybara (Hydrochoerus Isthmius) found in eastern Panama, northwestern Colombia and western Venezuela. This is a scientifically distinct species with anatomical differences, a smaller size and genetic differences. The species is fairly common in Panama but increasingly rare in Venezuela. It is threatened by subsistence hunting, the destruction of forested areas and the drainage of swamps. The Lesser Capybara breeds year round, with an average litter size of 3.5 pups. Individuals may be diurnal or nocturnal and solitary or social depending on season, habitat and hunting pressure.

Geographical Location:   Capybaras, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, are found in Central and South America from Panama to Northern Argentina primarily east of the Andes. They inhabit several types of wetland including gallery forest along rivers, mangroves and marshes. Capybaras reach their highest densities in the seasonally flooded savannas of the Llanos of Venezuela and Colombia, and the Pantanal of the Mato Grosso and on Marajo island in Brazil. They are always found in close proximity to water. The highest altitude at which capybaras are found is 4, 500 feet (1500 m). The only South American country with no capybaras is Chile.

Size and Weight: An adult capybara is large! Adult capybaras weigh on average from 40 to 50 kg in the wild (range 35 – 65 kg). In captivity the average weight is between 50 – 60 kg for a healthy capybara. There is no difference in weight between the sexes, but there are differences in size across the capybaras’ geographical distribution, with capybaras in Venezuela smaller than those of central and south eastern Brazil and Argentina, and those found in north-eastern Brazil being smaller still. In length they average about 4 feet (1.2 m) and are up to 2 feet tall (.60 m).

Physical Description:   Capybaras’ skin is thick and sparsely covered with coarse, oily water-resistant fur, varying in colour: red, grey, brown and straw coloured. Some black hairs can be found on the face, rump and limbs.

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Capybaras have very coarse, sparse hair which dries very quickly

Capybaras have a vestigial tail but this is not visible from a distance. The front legs are shorter than the hind legs. The feet are partially webbed with four toes on the front feet and three toes on the hind feet. The head is large with the nostrils, eyes and ears (which are small and sparsely covered with short hairs, with a mobile fold that closes the ear canal when they submerge) located on the top of their head, so they can hear, smell and see while remaining almost completely submerged, an adaptation to their semi aquatic lifestyle which allows them to keep a lookout for any dangers while remaining almost invisible.  You can see this in the video below:

Semi aquatic lifestyle: Access to water is essential for capybaras. Capybaras’ territory always includes water which is used both as a refuge from predators and to control body temperature. They often seek refuge in water to escape predators (except the Cayman, which will rarely attack a capybara on land, but will often attack a capybara in water).  A Jaguar has to be within 3 feet of a capybara to have a chance of a successful attack.

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Capybara front paw with 4 toes. Hind paws have 3 toes. This is a photo of the underside of a Capybara’s front foot. Capybaras have partially webbed feet. They have 4 toes on each front foot and 3 toes on each hind foot

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What Should I Feed My Pet Capybara? Capybara Diet

 

Please see my latest blog about capybara diet:

Capybara Diet. Includes Treatments for Dietary Health Issues.

https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2021/10/10/capybara-diet-includes-treatments-for-dietary-health-issues-%e6%b0%b4%e8%b1%9a%e9%a3%b2%e9%a3%9f-%e3%82%ab%e3%83%94%e3%83%90%e3%83%a9%e3%83%80%e3%82%a4%e3%82%a8%e3%83%83%e3%83%88/

Includes details of Milk Formula specifically formulated for baby capybaras

A lady who has an Animal Sanctuary with capybaras, recently told me: “I do believe diet has killed most pet capybaras who die prematurely. People feed them a diet which is too “rich”, as well as other foods which capybaras have not evolved to eat. Some people feed dairy for the life of the capybara which is crazy. Many people also feed junk food, popsicles, other foods with sugar, too much fat, and too much food like corn and fruit. One person even fed her capybara toothpaste every day because he liked it! Toothpaste contains fluoride which is a toxin, and is used in rodent killer products. This lady’s capybaras are living to a ripe old age on a diet of: Hay, grass, bamboo, some vegetables and sometimes sweet potato, and very occasionally fruit. They also get guinea pig pellets or rabbit pellets daily, and extra vitamin C. They have never been sick or had tooth problems.

Marvin and Elizabeth asked me to write this blog. They felt that when their first capybara came to live with them the information they needed was not available on the Internet.

Please Don’t Let Any More Capybaras Die Prematurely.

Templeton, The Brightest of Stars, who should still be with us today

Templeton, The Brightest of Stars, who should still be with us today

Templeton, The Brightest of Stars, two weeks before he passed away In the wild baby Capybaras stand look out on their Mother while she sleeps.

Templeton, two weeks before he passed away
In the wild baby Capybaras stand look out on their Mother while she sleeps.

What Should I Feed My Pet Capybara?

This blog is written in memory of Templeton, a young capybara, the brightest of stars, who died far too prematurely when he was only four months old. Marvin and Elizabeth believe that his diet caused his death. They did not feed him junk food, but they did feed him a lot of corn and carrots which his young digestive system could not cope with

Put simply:  DO NOT FEED YOUR CAPYBARA ANYTHING THAT IS HIGH FAT, LIKE PEANUTS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, OR BIRD SEED OR ANYTHING WITH ADDED SUGAR AND ABSOLUTELY NO CANDY or  JUNK FOOD, AND ONLY OCCASIONALLY  SWEET FRUIT.

Rodents are addicted to sugar and sweet foods. Another reason I would never introduce anything sweet into a capybara diet as this can lead to the capybara becoming curious about other foods which he/she had never shown any interest in before.

Templeton, So Full of Life and Oh So Cute. Here he is with Yellow Cat

Templeton, So Full of Life and Oh So Cute. Here he is with Yellow Cat

The capybara digestive system evolved over 30 million years to take advantage of a diet that was high in fibre and low in nutritional content. If you want your capybara to live a long and healthy life you should try to replicate this diet as closely as possible.

Sugar and Stress are two of the most potentially life-threatening causal factors a pet capybara can encounter. Capybaras should not be given anything with sugar in it like candy, ice cream, sweetened yoghurt, ice lollies etc. Neither should they be given junk food; this seems like common sense but it is surprising how many people, out of ignorance, will feed their pets whatever junk food they are eating. In addition, Exotic Animal Vets warn about the potential harm in feeding the naturally occuring ‘sugar’ in sweet vegetables and fruit, specifically mentioning sweetcorn because of the high sugar content, so you can imagine how disastrous any food with added sugar would be.

Templeton, So Friendly and Adorable

Templeton, So Friendly and Adorable

Animals do not have the same tolerance for unnatural feed that humans have. This is especially true in the case of a capybara, where its digestive system is exceptionally sensitive, and has been described by at least one expert as the ‘weak link’ in terms of capybara health. I know of at least two capybaras who died very prematurely, in one case after only a few months, because of diet.

The healthiest pet capybaras that I have met are fed a diet of fresh untreated grass, hay (Orchard Hay and Timothy Hay which are not too high quality), aquatic reeds and guinea pig feed.

The olive shaped, green, separated droppings  are a sign of a healthy capybara in the wild.  Softer, sausage shaped faeces are an indication that the capybara is being fed the wrong diet. Fruit, carrots, sweet corn etc may be responsible.

Please also see this blog for information about plants, chemicals and other potentially lethal dangers that capybaras may encounter:
https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/capybaras-beware-of-toxic-plants-chemicals-and-poisonous-animals-like-scorpions-and-snakes-humans-remove-these-from-your-land-garden-and-yard-%e3%82%ab%e3%83%94%e3%83%90%e3%83%a9%e3%81%ab/

HEALTHY TEETH:  To avoid your pet capybara ending up with very painful, life threatening (not to mention expensive) teeth problems, it is essential to include a lot of coarse grazing in a capybara diet.  Unlimited Fresh grass should be a staple part of every capybara diet.   Lower quality hay is more suitable for a capybara’s digestive system and means they will eat more, which equates to more fiber and more tooth wear. The coarseness of the hay keeps their teeth ground down and healthy. This need to keep their teeth healthy should never, ever be underestimated. It is very important for capybara teeth to be kept in check, as they would be in the wild grazing on coarse grasses. I have seen capybaras chewing on twigs and stones as a method of self-help dentistry. Capybaras may grind their teeth when they sleep, which also helps keep their teeth in check.

The Hay and Guinea pig feed should be available 24/7. In the case of Romeo and Tuff’n, there is a large bale of Orchard/Timothy Hay mix in the living room. Whenever the capybaras want to chew on something, or they feel hungry, they go to the hay (or guinea pig feed). This means they do not chew pillowcases, plastic, comforters or any other inappropriate items of furniture.

The best treatment for diarrhoea is a probiotic. In America this probiotic is called Benebac and in Japan, zoos use a probiotic called Bio 3. This probiotic could be a lifesaver.

Bene-bac

Many people with capybaras and guinea pigs believe the probiotic ‘Bene-bac’ is a lifesaver. Some friends use it whenever the capybara’s poos become softer and sausage shaped, rather than the encapsulated, olive shaped faeces which capybaras living in their natural habitat pass. Bene-Bac Small Animal Powder is a concentrated live culture of four common digestive bacteria found in the intestinal tracts of mammals. Bene-Bac is recommended any time an animal experiences stress from changing nutritional or environmental conditions. Contains 20 million CFU per gram of viable lactic acid producing bacteria. Powder formula is easy to mix with water.   It comes in 4 different types – the Bene-bac designed for guinea pigs is the correct one to use.

Constipation: Bene-bac can also be used to treat constipation. It is important to ensure your capybara drinks enough water and has access to fresh water to drink 24 hours a day. A healthy diet of unrestricted access to fresh grass should ensure a capybara does not become constipated. Chewing coarse grasses is essential for the health of capybara teeth. You should always consult your vet as soon as you become concerned.

Bene-bac Product Information

Bene-Bac® Plus Small Animal Powder is recommended any time an animal experiences changing nutritional or environmental conditions.

  • Contains seven fat-encapsulated, common microorganisms found in intestinal tract of small mammals
  • Provides help for changing conditions, including, but not limited to birth, breeding, post-surgery, antibiotic therapy, weaning, worming, showing, boarding and travel
  • Guaranteed 20 million colony-forming units (CFU) of viable bacteria per gram
  • Recommended as part of the management program for all animals subjected to adverse conditions
  • May be used for regular maintenance

https://www.petag.com/products/bene-bac-plus-small-animal-powder

The best animal trainers do not use food as a reward. Capybaras are highly intelligent. In the opinion of many capybara owners they are at least as intelligent as the most intelligent dogs. They are also highly sophisticated emotionally. They respond very well to praise, and are very sensitive to the tone of voice, with a surprisingly large vocabulary. If you say to Romeo “Good Boy, Romeo”, he swells up with pride. This is far more rewarding to him than a sweet toxic food treat.

A new study suggests that most dogs respond more positively to praise than to food.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/dogs-would-rather-get-belly-rub-treat?utm_source=newsfromscience&utm_medium=facebook-text&utm_campaign=wantatreat-6517

The danger with giving them inappropriate food treats is that they will soon only do what you want in return for a treat. If it is a high energy treat they will no longer eat the copious amounts of grass and hay that they need to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Capybaras are highly emotional animals and do not react well to stress, which can lead to digestive problems. In the wild capybaras have the support of, and close proximity to the herd, for their emotional well-being. As house pets they suffer from separation anxiety to a very high degree if the human with whom they have bonded is not with them. This probably reflects 30 million years of evolution wherein a lone capybara, abandoned by the herd or separated from it, would have little chance of survival.   If you are going to live with a pet capybara it would be kinder to let the capybara bond with another animal who will remain at home all day with the capybara, rather than have him/her bond with you and suffer everytime you have to go out (to work, shopping etc).  A border collie might be the ideal companion.

Milk Formula For Baby Capybaras:

This is the only milk formula specifically formulated for baby capybaras. It has a higher protein content and fat content than other milk formulas for most other species. It comes from Australia.

https://wombaroo.com/shop/ols/products/wombaroo-capybara-milk-replacer-2kg

Wombaroo Capybara Milk Replacer

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: To make 1 litre of milk mix 190g of powder with 870ml of preboiled warm water. Add about half of the water first, mix to a paste then make up to 1 litre with remaining water and mix thoroughly. An electric whisk can be used for mixing.

Feed Impact Colostrum Supplement to new-borns who did not receive sufficient maternal colostrum.

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: Typical birth weight is 1.5 – 2.0 kg. Average daily weight gain is about 50-100g per day until weaning at 3 months (approx. 8kg body weight)3 .

Analysis

  • Protein 42%
  • Fat 24%
  • Carbohydrate 22%
  • Ash 6%
  • Moisture 4%
  • Metabolisable Energy (ME) 20MJ/kg

©Wombaroo Food Products, Dec 2017. 10 Oborn Rd, Mt Barker SA 5251 http://www.wombaroo.com.au

CAPYBARA MILK REPLACER 1,2,3

TYPICAL ANALYSIS (Powder)

INGREDIENTS: Whole milk solids, whey protein, casein, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, stabilised vitamin C, vitamins and minerals.

TYPICAL COMPOSITION PER LITRE OF PREPARED MILK Protein 83g Vitamin E 14mg Folic Acid 1.0mg Sodium 500mg
Fat 49g Vitamin K 1.0mg Vitamin B12 19μg Magnesium 80mg
-Omega 3 1.4g Vitamin C 520mg Biotin 80μg Zinc 5.1mg
-Omega 6 3.4g Thiamine 7.1mg Choline 130mg Iron 5.5mg
Carbohydrate 42g Riboflavin 1.9mg Inositol 100mg Manganese 3.1mg
Energy (ME) 3.9MJ Niacin 29mg Calcium 2.2g Copper 0.8mg
Vitamin A 470μg Pantothenic Acid 11mg Phosphorus 1.6g Iodine 100μg
Vitamin D3 4.6g Pyridoxine 2.4mg Potassium 1400mg Selenium 25μg
TYPICAL ANALYSIS (Powder) Protein 42%
Fat 24%
Carbohydrate 22%
Ash 6%
Moisture 4%
Energy (ME) 20 MJ/kg

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This is the information Kapi’yva Exotics, a leading breeder of exotic animals, provides for capybara diet on its website:

“Capybaras are true herbivores, their diet in the wild consists almost exclusively of various grasses. In captivity, their diet should consist primarily of guinea pig or livestock feed and plenty of fresh grass or hay. Capybaras do not naturally produce adequate amounts of vitamin C and they can develop scurvy as a result of vitamin C deficiencies. In the wild the large amounts of fresh grass they consume provides the extra vitamin C they need. In captivity, their diet must contain either plenty of fresh grass for grazing or a vitamin C supplement. Most commercial guinea pig diets will contain a vitamin C supplement but these can be very costly if you are feeding multiple adult capybaras. Mazuri and LabDiet guinea pig formulas are available in 25lb and 50lb bags and can be found at, or specially ordered at most feed stores. A much cheaper alternative is livestock or rabbit feed. If used as a staple diet extra vitamin C should be added. The easiest method I’ve found of doing this is to dust or mix their feed with ascorbic acid powder.

I DO NOT recommend feeding fruits, vegetables or other items containing large amounts of sugar on a daily basis. There is some evidence that diets containing large amounts of sugar, even from healthy sources, can cause liver and heart problems.

They have evolved as grazers, feeding primarily grass/hay and guinea pig feed is the best way to mimic their natural diet.”

Some people give horse feed instead of guinea pig pellets primarily for reasons of cost. It is important to read the ingredients of any formula feed as this will dictate your choice.   As horses are considered more valuable than cattle, horse feed is likely to be made of more high-quality ingredients.”

Below I include some information on what not to feed and why. The information comes from exotic pet vets and experienced capybara owners who have done a great deal of research.

Grazing on Unknown Grass: One capybara owner wrote: “We are very cautious about feeding unknown grass. Our rule of thumb, is that if it’s long and neglected, we’ll try it. If it looks too well taken care of, we fear poisons and leave it. It is more likely that fertilisers and weedkillers will be applied to well cared for grass. You also have to always check grass for toxic weeds. We have nightshade in this area. I don’t even know if they would actually eat it, but I’m very cautious.  Water effects fertilizers, but that would not be my main concern. I worry about insecticides and herbicides, which are usually designed to have residual effects that erode over time, not by water.”

Alfalfa:  An exotic pet vet at a leading university veterinary school is quoted as saying ” Absolutely no alfalfa, it is too rich.”  It may also be too high in calcium.

Calcium:  “There may be a concern about too much calcium for rodents and animals who extract extra nutrients through hindgut fermentation, this includes capybaras. There may be a risk of bladder stones or grit from excess calcium. Here’s a hay chart on calcium levels: http://www.guinealynx.info/hay_calcium.html “.

Vegetables:  The Capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park, some of whom lived to a ripe old age (at least 13 years) were fed vegetables in season. When I was there it was cabbage, carrots and pumpkin. The capybaras at the Bio Park who eat the most carrots do not produce healthy olive shaped faeces. The faeces is soft, barely even sausage shaped.   One capybara owner had this to say about carrots: “I have read online that the sugar level in carrots is on a par with apples and that because of the fat soluble vitamin A, if fed too much (or in a combination with other sources like alfalfa) the vitamin A can build up to toxic levels. She feeds one carrot a day.”

Sweetcorn: every Exotic Pet Vet with experience of capybaras was unanimous in saying you should not feed sweetcorn to capybaras. It is far too sweet.

I would remove all seeds and berries from my garden/yard as soon as they fall from trees.

Below is some information taken from research done on capybaras in the wild in South America:

This excellent book, see link below, is a collection of research papers on capybara, unfortunately finance for research comes from the agricultural industry so that is the primary focus of the research, but there is still a lot of very useful information:

http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-1-4614-3999-8

The capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, is a herbivorous semi aquatic mammal that grazes near water. A number of physiological and morphological adaptations of the capybaras digestive system allowed this species to meet its energy requirements from a diet with a high fibre and low nutritional content and silica deposits.

These highly fibrous diet components are extremely difficult to digest, therefore herbivores possess specific adaptations for the digestion of these materials. The best known and most common adaptation to a high fibre diet among mammals is fermentation by symbionts (by bacteria and fungi and protozoa), coupled with mechanisms for the digestion and absorption of the products of fermentation. Among mammals there are two distinct types of symbiotic digestion where fermentation occurs. 1) foregut fermentation, as found in cows, and 2) hindgut fermentation as found in rodents.

Hindgut fermenters use the cecum, located between the small and large intestines, as a fermentation chamber, which precludes regurgitation and re-swallowing the fermented plants as a strategy for the absorption of nutrients. In the case of the capybara the process of cecotrophy allows a daily cycle of feeding and reingestion: food goes once along the digestive tract, entering the cecum where it is fermented and then excreted. These excreted products are taken directly from the anus by the herbivore and they pass one more time through the entire digestive tract.  The waste products bypass the cecum and move onto the large intestine, where hard dry faeces are excreted (but not reabsorbed this time). The two processes occur within a 24 hour cycle. It has been argued that, since hindgut fermenters can take advantage of any available directly digestible (i.e. non-fibre) nutrients before the bacterial fermentation takes place, they are more efficient at extracting nutrients from food than foregut fermenters stop

The capybara diet, in the wild, consists mainly of grasses with varying a portion of sedges and just a few other plants

During the wet season when plants are more abundant, capybaras are more selective and spend more time grazing on Hymenachne amplexicaulis, an aquatic grass of high caloric and low fibre content, then on less palatable reeds.

Capybaras are considered predominately diurnal, however groups have been observed grazing during the night.

In the tropics, capybaras spend 31% of their time grazing during the wet season, and 42% in the dry season.

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Capybaras, Beware of Toxic Plants, Chemicals and Poisonous Animals like Scorpions and Snakes. Humans, Remove These from Your Land, Garden and Yard. カピバラに対して毒性である植物。有毒化学物質。危険な動物 – ヘビ、クモ、サソリ

I am afraid I have had to remove the photos as some nasty person has been removing the watermark from my photos and uploading them to the internet. It is illegal to remove the watermark.

Many plants, bushes and trees are toxic to animals. There is little information available about which poisonous plants are specifically toxic to capybaras. Some people recommend that any plant that is toxic to horses or sheep may be toxic to capybaras, as they have a similar digestive system.  Cows and goats can tolerate some toxins, like mouldy hay which you should never feed to a capybara, horse etc.  The limitation of this information with regard to horses is the difference in body size between horses and capybaras. Capybaras are much smaller than horses and therefore may be more susceptible to any toxins in the plants they eat. I.E., a capybara would be in danger after eating a smaller quantity of a toxic plant than a much larger horse would be.

A common misconception is that animals will instinctively know which plants are safe to eat. In the wild animals will usually learn from older animals in the herd which plants are safe to forage on. Once you take an animal out of its natural environment it becomes your responsibility to ensure every aspect of its safety, including what food it consumes, whether there are dangerous snakes, spiders or scorpions in the area, and that it cannot access lethal chemicals like antifreeze.

Rodents are addicted to sugar and sweet foods. I would never introduce anything sweet into a capybara diet as this can lead to the capybara becoming curious about other foods which he/she had never shown any interest in before, including bird seed.

I would remove all seeds and berries from my garden/yard as soon as they fall from trees.

Two plants which are known to be lethal to capybaras are Azaleas and the Chinaberry tree (also known as the Bead tree, Pride of India, Texas Umbrella tree, Melia Azedarach, White Cedar, Paradise tree, China Ball tree, Persian Lilac). All parts of the Chinaberry tree are considered toxic with the highest concentration of toxins found in the berries. Clinical signs include drooling, diarrhoea and depression; with a larger intake of berries, toxicity can lead to seizures and death. Eating as few as 6 berries can lead to death in a human.

.Chinaberry Tree. Please see my text for other names of this toxic tree

Chinaberry Tree. Please see my text for other names of this toxic tree

At least one capybara has died as a result of eating the leaves of an Azalea plant. Another capybara became ill, but fortunately survived, after eating the berries of the Chinaberry tree.
Oleander is frequently found growing in gardens and public parks. As little as a few mouthfuls of certain parts of this plant can kill a horse in minutes. The yew tree is another very toxic plant; 8 ounces can kill an adult horse in 5 minutes.

With other plants, such as bracken, the toxic effect can build up over months. So don’t assume your capybara is unharmed just because there is no immediate sign of poisoning after eating a plant that is known to be toxic. In the long term you might be killing your capybara.

Some plants are only poisonous when fresh. Other plants only become poisonous when they are dried. Other plants are only poisonous when they are dead. Some plants are poisonous when they are both fresh and dried.

Many chemicals are toxic to animals. Antifreeze is highly toxic to animals and will kill in a very short space of time. There are many other chemicals such as petroleum products which are highly toxic. Make sure your pet does not have access to these, for example by wandering into your garage.


Common signs to look out for if you think your capybara may have eaten a toxic plant, or other toxin, are:

Drooling
Rolling, unnatural or excessive rolling is often an indication that your capybara is suffering pain in its digestive tract. What we humans would call a tummy ache.
Diarrhoea
Depression
Respiratory distress (shortness of breath, increased heart rate, distressed breathing)
Restlessness
Scratching at the mouth or face
Increased urination
Muscle twitching or shaking
Seizures
Death


Diarrhoea can prove fatal in capybaras.

If you suspect your capybara has eaten any toxic plant take it to your vet immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to appear. By the time symptoms appear it may be too late to save your animal.

If you have any doubts about the safety and toxicity of any plant in your garden you should take the plant to your local garden centre or better still one of the county/state government run agencies, often called the Cooperative Extension, devoted to agriculture and home plant issues. They go by a variety of different names including IFAS or EDIS. They are coordinated through State Universities and implemented by County offices. Every county should have an office. They do a lot of work with plant identification, agricultural disease/pests, gardening, pasture weeds, livestock issues, healthy living, energy savings, invasive plants, beneficial insects, etc. Unfortunately they are sometimes understaffed but this would be a good place to start your search for information. Each state should provide information online regarding toxic plants and other dangers to animals within that state. You should be prepared to do your own search, even if it is time-consuming, to ascertain any dangers that might threaten the life of your beloved capybara.


I would remove every toxic plant from my garden or land rather than risk the death of a capybara I loved
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A surprisingly large number of common garden and household plants are toxic to pets, and reactions to toxicity range from mild to life-threatening. Capybaras like to explore their environment by mouthing and tasting, and they are therefore particularly vulnerable to accidental poisoning. Many toxic plants might look very pretty in a garden, but the health of your capybara should come first. It is important to know which plants are toxic. Also, if you tell a capybara “No” you will arouse its curiosity and make it more likely to target this plant.

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I had a wonderful experience of this with Romeo. There was a plant in the neighbour’s garden, where Romeo and Tuff’n sometimes go to graze, which was believed to be potentially toxic. Usually the plant was covered with a garbage bin so that Romeo and Tuff’n couldn’t access it. However as the plant grew bigger the bin began to damage the plant. So instead Romeo was told “no” every time he went over to the plant and we ensured that he did not eat the plant. Marvin decided that Romeo’s interest in the plant was mostly to get Marvin’s attention rather than to eat the plant. As an experiment Marvin turned his back to Romeo as Romeo approached the plant. As soon as Romeo noticed that Marvin wasn’t looking he completely lost interest in the plant! Just like a mischievous child seeking attention.

Romeo is an exceptional capybara who tries to please. It might well be that turning your back will not have this effect on some other capybaras who might go ahead and try and eat the plant. Romeo knew he was not supposed to eat the plant and he is probably a little unusual amongst capybaras because of his very close relationship with the humans he has bonded with.

The following are very useful sites:

This site contains information about Poisonous Plants for Horses: http://www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com/poisonous-plants.html

This site has photographs of the Poisonous Weeds in Horse Pastures. Created by Rutgers University and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet FS938. May 2013: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs938/

You can do a search by plant name to determine toxicity at this site: Plants Poisonous to Livestock created by Cornell University: http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/php/plants.php?action=display&ispecies=horses

This site gives information about plants that are toxic to sheep. You might want to check it out: http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/livestock-forums/sheep/31663-sheep-basics-toxic-plant-list.html

This site includes toxic chemicals, medicines and drugs as well as poisonous plants. Produced by the pharmaceutical company Merck: http://www.merckmanuals.com/pethealth/special_subjects/poisoning/plants_poisonous_to_animals.html


The following information relates to pets in general, primarily the most common pets such as cats and dogs.
I personally would not risk a capybara’s health by including any of these plants in my garden or on my land:

The following 12 plants are the toxic plants most commonly eaten by pets in general which resulted in the pets requiring medical treatment. Not all the pets survived. The danger posed by these plants will vary from species to species and the amount the animal has eaten. I would recommend removing all these toxic plants from your garden or land.

1. Lilies (Lilium, all spp.): Ingesting any part of the plant can cause complete kidney failure in 36-72 hours. First symptoms appear in a few hours and may include appetite suppression, lethargy, vomiting.
2. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis): Ingesting any part of the plant can cause cardiac dysrhythmias (any disorder of the heart rate/rhythm/pulse such as beating too fast, too slow or irregularly), vomiting, diarrhoea, confusion, weakness, and even death.
3. Anemone (Anenome and Pulsatilla, family Ranunculaceae): Irritates the mucus membranes, and can cause blisters, hemorrhagic gastritis, shock, convulsions, and death.
4. Aloe Vera (family Liliaceae): Vomiting, depression, diarrhoea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color.
5. Amaryllis (family Amaryllidaceaea, incl. Hippeastrum spp.) All species, including Belladonna Lily, are toxic. The bulbs are the toxic part of the plant. The “Amaryllis” commonly seen during the December holidays are Hippeastrum species. Symptoms include vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, increased salivation, anorexia, tremors.
6. Asparagus Fern (family Liliaceae): Allergic dermatitis, gastric upset, vomiting, diarrhea.
7. Daffodil (Narcissus): Vomiting, diarrhea. Large ingestions cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms).
8. Philodendrons: Irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.
9. Jade Plants (Crassula argentea): Vomiting, depressions, ataxia (in ability to control muscles/lack of muscle coordination), slow heart rate.
10. Chrysanthemums: Vomiting, diarrhea, increased salivation, lack of coordination/ataxia, dermatitis.
11. Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum): The tubers or rhizomes contain the toxic glycoside cyclanin, a terpenoid saponin. Ingestion can cause excess salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, or even death in rare cases.
12. Cycads (including Sago palm; cardboard palm; etc.): The “Sago palm” is a cycad, not a true palm, and all parts of the plant are poisonous. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, melena (black “tarry” feces), jaundice, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastritis, bruising, coagulopathy (blood is unable to clot properly), liver failure, and death.

The following plants are highly toxic:

• Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia species)
• Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
• Daphne (Daphne spp.)
• Deathcamas & Meadow Deathcamas (Zigadenus venenosus)
• English yew (Taxus baccata)
• Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
• Jimson weed or Devil’s Trumpet (this plant has many common names) (Datura spp.)
• Nicotiana/Tobacco plants (all spp.)
• Oleander (Nerium Oleander)
• Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)
• Pokeweed (Phytilacca americana)
• Tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca)
• Western water hemlock (Cicuta douglasii)
• Yew (Taxus cuspidata)

Another useful site that gives information about plants that are potentially poisonous to animals:
Plants Potentially Poisonous to Pets : The Humane Society of the United States http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/plants_poisonous_to_pets.html

You might also want to check out Plants and Flowers that are dangerous for Guinea Pigs and Rabbits. These include:

Bluebell, Crocus, Daffodil, Dock, Foxglove, Hyacinth, Laburnum, Poppy, Ragwort, Tulip and once again Yew

Potato sprouts, potato peelings, and anything to do with a potato plant
Beans and anything to do with a bean plant
Anything to do with a tomato plant (the tomato itself is okay)
Anything to do with rhubarb
Dill (watch out for prepackaged “salad & herb” kits) and
Flowers or any part of a flowering plant
Houseplants
Unidentified weeds
Any foods that were previously frozen
Fruit cores, pits, and seeds. You should of course avoid feeding fruit to capybaras as their digestive system, hindgut fermentation, has not evolved to cope with any food with a high sugar content.

This site includes a list of Plants, Human Medicines and Chemicals, like antifreeze, which are harmful to Guinea Pigs and Rabbits: http://www.jspca.org.je/pets_toxins_info.html

Be Aware of any Animals, Spiders or Snakes in your area whose bite could be lethal to a capybara:

A Scorpion bite can kill a young capybara as happened to one young 7 month old capybara that I was particularly fond of. You should be aware of Scorpion nests if you live in an area with scorpions that pose a danger to young children.

Check to see if there are any dangerous snakes, spiders or scorpions in the area in which you live. If you know that poisonous creatures enter your garden or land you will need to think very carefully about how you will deal with this problem. Do you want to risk the life of your capybara by letting your capybara graze unsupervised? I certainly wouldn’t. It is your responsibility to safeguard the life of your capybara.

More information on toxic plants:
http://www.livescience.com/39253-toxic-plants-poison-cats-dogs.html?adbid=10152505207396761&adbpl=fb&adbpr=30478646760&cmpid=514627_20150111_38540967

I have written this blog to get people who live with a capybara to THINK about what dangers may lurk on their property that could kill their beloved capybara. I am always surprised and concerned about how little thought some people give to the potential risks that their capybara might encounter. There seems to be a great deal of inertia.

Please use this blog as a starting point and do your own research.

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保二王国 The Kingdom of Yasuji Famous Capybaras of The World; Japanese Capybaras, Part Two 世界の有名なカピバラ、日本のカピバラ パート2

I would like to thank my friends Takehiko Kurata and Motoko Iwata and “FuaFuaCapybara” for all the help they have given me in writing this blog. 私は友人武彦倉田元子岩田Fuafuaカピバラに感謝したいと思います。非常に参考にブログのための情報

Yasuji: Boss Capybara at Nagasaki Bio Park for 3 years including 2004.    保二:2004を含む3年間の長崎バイオパークでボスカピバラ.  

 私は保二のすべての写真のため武彦倉田に非常に感謝していますI am very grateful to Takehiko Kurata for all the photographs of Yasuji.

Yasuji at Nagasaki Bio Park 30th of August 2005.   2005年8月の長崎バイオパーク30で安司

Yasuji at Nagasaki Bio Park 30th of August 2005. 2005年8月の長崎バイオパーク30で安司

Yasuji’s bloodline may be the most important in Japan. He was a very good father with an outstanding personality and character. Very wise, very calm and very kind. Yasuji was a natural leader, very paternalistic.

保二の血統は、日本で最も重要であるかもしれない。彼は非常に良い父親だった。卓越した個性とキャラクター。非常に非常に穏やかで、とても親切で、賢明。保二は非常に温情主義、自然なリーダーだった。

やすじと家族 2004.12.27 — at 長崎バイオパーク.   Yasuji and his Family with 'Wife' Katame, Nagasaki Bio Park 27 December 2004

やすじと家族 2004.12.27 — at 長崎バイオパーク. Yasuji and his Family with ‘Wife’ Katame, Nagasaki Bio Park 27 December 2004

I wonder if Donguri is in the photograph above?   She would have been 3 months old at the time this photograph was taken. She was born on the 30th of September 2004. Mother is Katame. 私はドングリがこの写真であるかどうかを疑問に思う。彼女は3ヶ月になります。彼女は、2004930日生まれ。母は硬めです。

保二2006年3月14日 - 長崎バイオパークで。 He looks so noble. He reminds me of Donguri. 彼はとても高貴に見えます。彼はどんぐりのことを思い出す.  Photo taken on 14 March 2006

保二2006年3月14日 – 長崎バイオパークで。
He looks so noble. He reminds me of Donguri. 彼はとても高貴に見えます。彼はどんぐりのことを思い出す. Photo taken on 14 March 2006

He looked after his herd and influenced and inspired their behaviour. He watched over them to make sure they were protected and didn’t get into trouble. If the young capybaras stepped out of line or became too rambunctious he would gently chastise them. He ruled with a very light touch. He always knew what was happening in the herd and kept an eye on all the capybaras, making sure they were safe, happy and healthy.

彼は群れの後に見て、影響を受け、彼らの行動に影響を与えた。彼は、彼らが保護されていたことを確認するためにそれらの上に見て、トラブルに巻き込まれませんでした。若いカピバラがラインから出てきすぎたりやんちゃになった場合、彼は静かに彼らを罰するだろう。彼は非常に軽いタッチで判決を下した。彼はいつも群れで何が起こったのか知っていて、すべてのカピバラに目を保つ、彼らは、安全で幸せで健康であった​​ことを確認する。

Once Yasuji’s reign as Boss Capybara had finished, he was moved to an enclosure at the back of the Bio Park away from the visiting areas. He became sad and lonely. He pined for the attention of the crowds of adoring visitors and the female capybaras who loved his attention and affection. Yasuji died at a young age, his death brought on by depression and loneliness I believe. Capybaras are highly social, herd animals. They become very anxious and depressed if deprived of the company of other herd members, or a human to whom they have bonded.

Yasuji at Nagasaki Bio Park 30th of August 2005.  保二2005年8月30日 - 長崎バイオパークで。

Yasuji at Nagasaki Bio Park 30th of August 2005. 保二2005年8月30日 – 長崎バイオパークで。

His daughter, Donguri, has inherited these characteristics, which she has passed onto her son, Yamato who is at Omiya Park Zoo:   http://www.parks.or.jp/omiyazoo/animal-nisshi/capybara/animal-nisshi-capybara.html

どんぐり、保二の娘は、これらの特性を継承している。彼女は息子、大和にそれらを渡した。ヤマト大宮パーク動物園である。

Yasuji is the father of many capybara:  Daichi, Glove, Kuro, Take-chan, Pippi, Koto, Hatsu, Kichi, Sen,  Cosmo.

地球、手袋、黒、テイクちゃん、ピッピ、江東区、一塁、セン、、コスモ、:安司は多くのカピバラの父です。

This is a video from Nagasaki Bio Park, dated 18th of January 2002. It may be a little before Yasuji’s time:
http://www.cam.hi-ho.ne.jp/yu-tin/nikki.htm

Donguri   どんぐり

Donguri Looking Very Stately and Caring Photo taken August 2012

Donguri Looking Very Stately and Caring. And rather sleepy!   Photo taken August 2012

どんぐりは、長崎バイオパークで最も甘い、穏やかなカピバラです。彼女は戦うために好きではない。階層内したがってない場所はありません。しかしでは、群れのダイナミックで最も重要なカピバラです。 One金曜日の午後。どんぐりは大声と悲しげに呼び出します。彼女は藤子聞く。私は、人間の耳で藤子を聞くことはできません。

どんぐりは助けのための私を見て。懇願。彼女は”リズがヒトである。人間は私たちをコントロールするためリズは不二子を見つけるために私を助けることができる”と考えている。私はとても悲しいと無力感を覚える。私は助けることはできません。私が権限を持っていません。私たちは、藤子最も近い境界フェンスに歩いてください。鮎と日生は私たちに従ってください。鮎と日生は藤子の娘である。どんぐりはフェンスで座っている。彼女は再び私を見上げ。私の助けを求める嘆願。

別の日にどんぐりは藤子の通話が聞こえます。他のすべてのカピバラは、どんぐりに耳を傾ける。すべてのカピバラの行列は、境界フェンスにどんぐりに従います。彼らは、不足している藤子のため徹夜を保持します。彼らは大声で悲しげに呼ぶ。

Donguri, She Fell Asleep While I Was Stroking Her

Donguri, She Fell Asleep While I Was Stroking Her

Donguri is the sweetest, most gentle capybara at Nagasaki Bio Park. She doesn’t like to fight so she is not in the capybara hierarchy, but she is, I believe, the most important capybara in the herd dynamic. When Fujiko was removed from the enclosure shortly before giving birth, Donguri was the one who responded to her calls (inaudible to a human ear) and led the herd over to the boundary fence closest to Fujiko’s new home.  Donguri could not understand why Fujiko had a been taken away and had disappeared.

Donguri Looking Very Noble and Wise Photo taken 8 August 2012

Donguri Looking Very Noble and Wise
Photo taken 8 August 2012

One Friday afternoon, Donguri started calling loudly and plaintively while I was sitting next to her. She then looked at me for a long time, a pleading look in her eyes, asking for my help. She knew that humans controlled the capybaras at the Bio Park and she assumed that because I was a human I could take her to Fujiko. I felt so sad and helpless that I was disappointing her. I didn’t have the authority to help her find Fujiko. We walked over to the boundary fence, followed by Ayu and Hinase, Fujiko’s daughters. Donguri sat by the fence and looked up again at me pleadingly.

Donguri, I Think of Her Every Day

Donguri, I Think of Her Every Day

The following Sunday, Donguri again heard Fujiko’s call. This time all the other capybaras responded and followed Donguri in a procession to the boundary fence with Fujiko’s enclosure. They all sat there calling out to Fujiko in a sad, mournful chorus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a3DZxFsFiU

I have many videos of Donguri and her little 5-month-old son Io, playing together in the pond or resting on Capuchin Island. She nuzzles him and presses her mouth against his neck as if she is kissing him. She always stayed near him, keeping an eye on him to make sure he was safe. When we first began visiting the Bio Park, Donguri and Io were always eating grass on Capuchin Island when we arrived each morning. I felt she wanted him to get the benefits of the nourishment to be found in fresh grass. And I also felt she was trying to keep him away from the noisy human visitors. However after she and I became friends, I would find her waiting for me each morning when we arrived at the Bio Park, sitting patiently by the bench where we always sat. I have often wondered how she felt when we didn’t turn up after our last day at the Bio Park.  I can’t wait to see her again.

Donguri and Yasushi. Donguri was Yasushi's Favourite Female Capybara.  .   どんぐりと靖。どんぐりは靖のお気に入り女性カピバラだった。

Donguri and Yasushi. Donguri was Yasushi’s Favourite Female Capybara. . どんぐりと靖。どんぐりは靖のお気に入り女性カピバラだった。

 

This is one of my favourite videos:    Donguri, the sweetest, most caring, calmest capybara I have ever met, in the pond with her baby son Io. She kisses him, lays her head on his back and closes her eyes, looking absolutely blissful and full of motherly love. They then play together, swim a bit, and nuzzle each other some more. I find it a very heartwarming and moving video, but for me, of course, these are not just two capybaras, but Donguri and IO, capybaras I know well.

Translation by Koji Anderson: “ドングリと彼女の赤ちゃんである息子のイオと一緒の、私はこれまでに会ったカピバラのなかで、ドングリは、最も甘くて愛情深く最も穏やかなカピバラです。彼女は彼にキスして背中にを置いてを閉じます。そして、絶対的に母の満ちているように見えます。それから、彼らは一緒に遊んで少し泳いでもう少し互いに鼻をすりつけ戯れます。ヴィデオは非常に心温まる内容です。そしてドングリとイオは私が良く知りえているカピバラたち。

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FCcbmy9YDA

Mother love: Gentle, Kind Donguri and Little Baby Io Nuzzle Each Other. 母の愛:ジェントル、カインドどんぐり、リトルベイビーイオがお互いに鼻をすり寄せる。

Donguri is related to all the capybaras at the Bio Park except for Yasushi (of course!). She is either the grandmother, the mother or the aunt (in the case of her sister Aki’s offspring).

どんぐりは、バイオパークでカピバラすべてに関連しています。 靖(もちろん!)は除き。彼女はどちらか祖母、母親や叔母(妹アキの子孫の場合)です。

Yasuji is Donguri’s father, Katame is her mother. She was born on 30 September, 2004

YAMATO   ヤマト

Yamato is Donguri’s son.    He has inherited Donguri’s outstanding personality and character.    He is sweet natured, generous and very calm.   The perfect capybara.    I hope he will sire lots of baby capybaras just like him and Donguri, and Yasuji.

This is an excellent blog about Yamato, Donguri’s son and Yasuji’s grandson, heir to Yasuji’s great kingdom.   By  Hideki Sakito   これは、大きな王国で保二の相続人、大和、ドングリと息子の孫に関する優れたブログです.  秀樹咲人によって:

http://ameblo.jp/kapi-fukuoka/themeentrylist-10054045936.html

Yamato Has Such Presence and Appeal. He Reaches out to People. Photo from a video by Motoko Iwata.    ヤマトは、このようなプレゼンスと魅力を持って。彼は人々に達する。元子岩田による映像からの写真。

Yamato Has Such Presence and Appeal. He Reaches out to People. Photo from a video by Motoko Iwata.
ヤマトは、このようなプレゼンスと魅力を持って。彼は人々に達する。元子岩田による映像からの写真。

ヤマトはどんぐりの息子です。彼はどんぐりの発行済個性やキャラクターを継承しています。彼は、温厚甘く寛大な、非常に穏やかです。完璧なカピバラ。  私は赤ちゃんカピバラがたくさんあることを願っています。ヤマトのように。同じ文字.   どんぐりと保二ような。

Yamato  was born at Nagasaki Bio Park, his brothers are Hikoma and Collo (Also spelt Koro). Fujiko, mentioned above, is his sister, all from the same litter.   Collo was a much loved capybara who very sadly died at a young age.   Yamato first moved to  Torius Friendly Zoo  in Fukuoka, a sister zoo to  Nagasaki Bio Park.  In July 2012, he moved to Saitama.
彼は「ヤマト」です。長崎バイオパークで生まれて「彦馬」や「コロ」と育ちました。福岡のトリアスふれあい動物園で2年半、毎週会ってました。7月で卒業して、埼玉に行きました。”

ヤマトは、彼の祖父保二はそんなに思い出させる。元子岩田による映像からの写真。   Yamato Reminds Me so Much of His Grandfather Yasuji.  Photo from a video by Motoko Iwata.

ヤマトは、彼の祖父保二はそんなに思い出させる。元子岩田による映像からの写真。 Yamato Reminds Me so Much of His Grandfather Yasuji. Photo from a video by Motoko Iwata.


Yamato is Boss Capybara at Saitama Zoo.   ヤマトは埼玉の動物園でカピバラのボスです。

I love the video of Yamato, pretending to be a guinea pig.   私はモルモットのふりをし、大和のビデオが大好きです。

Yamato wants to visit the sheep. He attempts to untie the rope, but being highly intelligent, he quickly realises that he won't succeed, and abandons his attempt. The sheep call out loudly in protest that he cannot come and visit them. ヤマトは羊を訪問したいと考えています。彼はロープをほどくしようとします。彼は非常に知的である。彼はすぐに彼が成功することはできません実現しています。彼が試みを放棄。大声で羊の鳴き声。抗議。羊は、ヤマトがそれらを訪問したい.  元子岩田によってビデオからの写真 Photo from a video by Motoko Iwata.

Yamato wants to visit the sheep. He attempts to untie the rope, but being highly intelligent, he quickly realises that he won’t succeed, and abandons his attempt. The sheep call out loudly in protest that he cannot come and visit them. ヤマトは羊を訪問したいと考えています。彼はロープをほどくしようとします。彼は非常に知的である。彼はすぐに彼が成功することはできません実現しています。彼が試みを放棄。大声で羊の鳴き声。抗議。羊は、ヤマトがそれらを訪問したい. 元子岩田によってビデオからの写真
Photo from a video by Motoko Iwata.

The capybara keeper at Omiya Park Zoo wrote in a blog that when Yamato arrived for the first time at the zoo, having flown from Nagasaki, he was very calm. Most capybaras would be frightened to death flying in an aeroplane. Wondering where they were going and why they had been taken away from their home. Wondering what all the strange noises and vibrations were.

Yamato.     Photo by Motoko Iwata
ヤマト。    元子岩田による写真

ヤマトはどんぐりの息子です。彼はどんぐりの優れた人格と個性を継承しています。彼は、温厚寛大な甘いと非常に穏やかです。完璧なカピバラ。私は、彼はちょうど彼とどんぐりのような赤ちゃんカピバラの多くを種牡馬を願っています。

Yamato.     Photo by Motoko Iwata
ヤマト。     元子岩田による写真

Yamato lives with Koharu. Together they should found an exceptional dynasty of sweet natured, kind and caring capybaras.

He was born on 1 August 2007

小春とヤマトライブ。一緒に卓越性の王朝.   甘い性格、親切、思いやりのカピバラ。

Videos, made by Motoko Iwata, of Yamato at Trias Petting Zoo, Fukuoka 2012.05.20.   This is before he moved to Omiya Park:

ヤマトとモルモットーズ2012/02/25 トリアスふれあい動物園  ヤマト・モルモットの皆さんYamato looking adorable in amongst the guinea pigs, I wonder if he noticed the size difference!

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr8KxSNenw8

2.    Yamato.      カピバラのヤマトくん2012.05.20 トリアスふれあい動物園カピバラ(ヤマトYamato at Trias Petting Zoo, Fukuoka 2012.05.20. This is before he moved to Omiya Park Zoo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTtgBt_9SEE

He is so sweet. I love this video. I wish he and Donguri could meet again!  彼はとても甘いです。私はこのビデオが大好きです。私は彼とどん­ぐりは再び会うことがしたい

Yamato was born at Nagasaki Bio Park, he is the brother of Fujiko. Yamato was born on the 1 August 2007.  His mother is Donguri, his father is Be-be

大和は長崎バイオパークで生まれた。   彼は不二子の兄です。大和は2007年8月1日に生まれた。   彼の母親はどんぐりです。彼の父親は、Be-Beであることです

Yamato.     Photo by Motoko Iwata
ヤマト。      元子岩田による写真

Yamato Looking Agorable.     ヤマトは愛らしい探し

Yamato. 大宮公園の動物園で大和

Yamato at Omiya Park Zoo…大宮公園の動物園で大和

The Destroyer Koharu at Omiya Park Zoo.    大宮公園の動物園でデストロイヤー小春。

Koharu Looking Magnificent.. 小春マグニフィセント探し

2012.10.31-capybara3 Koharu the Destroyer

Koharu The Destroyer
Photo taken by Omiya Park Zoo

For more information about Yamato and Koharu, visit this link to the website of Omiya Zoo

http://www.parks.or.jp/omiyazoo/animal-nisshi/capybara/animal-nisshi-capybara.html

Videos for this blog:

On the last Friday in August, after watermelon time, the capys were lazing around, snoozing and being pampered.  I was sitting with Donguri, by the pond some distance from the boundary with the enclosure where Fujiko might be, when suddenly Donguri started calling very shrilly and plaintively. Then she looked up at me, asking me for my help,a pleading look in her eyes. After a few of these calls she got up and walked toward Fujiko’s enclosure, still calling, followed by Ayu.    She seemed worried (and I tried to reassure her!).  Hinase was in the pond but came ashore soon after.  I of course had not heard a thing.  Donguri is Fujiko’s mother.  So mother and daughters of pregnant Fujiko are very concerned about her and probably worried by her absence from the herd.  She was removed from the herd, 3 weeks earlier,  in early August because she was pregnant.  She gave birth to 2 babies on 14th September

The herd cannot see her but they can hear her.  They are very worried about her.  Every afternoon her daughters Ayu and Hinase go and sit at the boundary of their enclosure closest to Fujiko.    It must be very stressful for Fujiko to be on her own, especially as she is pregnant.  Capybaras are such social animals.

Donguri is worried about Fujiko:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a3DZxFsFiU

Donguri with her 5 month old son, little Io:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FCcbmy9YDA

Donguri is the sweetest, most gentle capybara at Nagasaki bio Park. She is very caring of all the other capybaras. She and I became friends during the month we spent at the biopark. I could pamper her forever. She deserves it..どんぐりは、長崎バイオパークで最も甘い、最も穏やかなカピバラです。彼女は非常に他のすべてのカピバラの世話されています。彼女と私は、我々がビオパークで過ごした今月中に友達になった。私は永遠に彼女を甘やかすことができます。彼女はそれに値する。

Donguri and I, A Very Special Capybara どんぐり。非常に特別なカピバラhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8btsB6u4L8

Pampered Capybara, Sweet Gentle Donguri スウィートジェントルどんぐりを愛撫   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWH7Ox8iL2c

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Protect Your Capybaras and Guinea Pigs from Power Cords and Electric Cables. 電源コードと電気ケーブルからあなたのカピバラとモルモットを保護します。

I am afraid I have had to remove the photos as some nasty person has been removing the watermark from my photos and uploading them to the internet. It is illegal to remove the watermark.

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If you haven’t managed to train your capybara, or guinea pig, not to chew power cords and electric cables, here are three ideas to protect your beloved animal.

1.  You can slit a hosepipe and hide the electric cable/power cord inside. If your capybara/guinea pig does decide to chew he won’t come into contact with the electric cable so he won’t be electrocuted. See photos below.

2. In some countries you can buy plastic tubing, to feed power cords through, which would provide some protection.

A hosepipe has been slit along its length, the cable, (electrical wire) has been placed inside.

A hosepipe has been slit along its length, the cable, (electrical wire) has been placed inside.

The cable to this computer has been put inside a hose so that inquisitive capybaras can't chew on it.

The cable to this computer has been put inside a hose so that inquisitive capybaras can’t chew on it.

3.  Smear neat washing-up liquid on the cables. This tastes horrible and when your beloved capybara/guinea pig starts trying to chew on the cable his saliva will dissolve the dried washing-up liquid and create a most unpleasant taste. Your capybara/guinea pig will stop chewing immediately (hopefully).   After a few unpleasant encounters with the dried washing-up liquid  most capybaras should cease to show any interest in the potentially life-threatening cables.

Of course you will have sensibly placed most of your power cords and electric cables out of reach of your capybara and guinea pig. And hidden those that need to remain at floor level.

You can make life easier for yourself by providing your capybara with the right diet. Romeo and Tuff’n eat Grass, Hay, and Guinea Pig Food. All of these require lots of chewing so they are not inclined to chew cords, cables, furnishings etc.    If they want something to chew they can go to the Hay and Guinea Pig Food which is available 24/7. This diet is also very good for their teeth; capybaras teeth grow continuously and if they are not fed the right diet they may end up with very painful and costly teeth problems.

(Information courtesy of Marvin and Elizabeth)

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Adorable Young Capybaras, Io, Yuzu, Zabon and Nina, at Nagasaki Bio Park. 愛らしい若いカピバラ, イオ、ゆず、Zabonとニーナ、長崎バイオパークで。

Zabon on my lap with Maple trying to steal a bite of the carrot.  私のラップでザボン。メープルは、ニンジンを盗もうとします

Zabon on my lap with Maple trying to steal a bite of the carrot. 私のラップでザボン。メープルは、ニンジンを盗もうとします

 

Yusu, Zabon, Baby Io (background right) and Nina, the 'Babies' at Nagasaki Bio Park. All Sleeping Happily Together Yusu、Zabon、イオ(背景右)とニナ。長崎バイオパークで'赤ちゃん'。幸いオール·トゥゲザー·スリーピング

Yusu, Zabon, Baby Io (background right) and Nina, the ‘Babies’ at Nagasaki Bio Park. All Sleeping Happily Together Yusu、Zabon、イオ(背景右)とニナ。長崎バイオパークで’赤ちゃん’。幸いオール·トゥゲザー·スリーピング

Io

Io, Donguri's son. Photo by Nagasaki Bio Park

Io, Donguri’s son. Photo by Nagasaki Bio Park

Little baby Io was the youngest capybara at the Bio Park in August 2012; he was 5 months old but looked even younger. He was  a small capybara.  Even though he was only a month younger than Nina, he was half Nina’s size.

Little baby Io likes to sleep on top of the other capybaras. He will notice a cluster of capybaras napping and scramble on top of them waking them all up in the process. Then he flops down in the crevice between two capybara bodies. Some of the female capybaras object to him disturbing them and  move away or gently kick him, but Yasushi, his father and The Boss Capybara, is always very kind and forgiving; when Io’s little foot lands on his face he will wake up startled and then settle back down to sleep.

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Little Baby Io Dreaming リトルベイビーイオドリーミング

Little Baby Io Dreaming リトルベイビーイオドリーミング

There is a special bond between Io and Yasushi.   Yasushi is the Boss Capybara, as the breeding male is called, at the Bio Park, the only male, and the most important capybara in the hierarchy.     Io seems to like being near Yasushi.   He  sleeps right next to him, and often shares his watermelon tray. Yasushi is always very gentle and paternal towards Io, never pushing him away as Io searches out the juiciest, sweetest morsels of watermelon from Yasushi’s tray. Yasushi and Io play together in the pond. Io seems to sense that Yasushi loves having his ear rubbed, so baby Io will chew on his ear sending Yasushi into paroxysms  of bliss. Yasushi then rolls over on his back and sinks under the water, surfacing a few minutes later looking blissful and completely out of it. Eventually Io tires of the game and swims off.

    Little Baby Io chews Yasushi's ear. Yasushi loves it リトルベイビーイオチューズ靖の耳。靖はそれを愛している

Little Baby Io chews Yasushi’s ear. Yasushi loves it リトルベイビーイオチューズ靖の耳。靖はそれを愛している

From time to time five-month-old Io  dreams of his mother’s milk and his days suckling Donguri.   He sets off to find the nearest female nipple.   Often this will be a young female like Ayu who has never given birth and where there is no chance of finding milk.

Io is very self-possessed, independent and confident. No Capybara can intimidate him, not even the late Aki.  She was the powerful and intimidating Number One in the female hierarchy.   She intimidated all the other female capybaras. If Io wants a particular piece of watermelon, or to share the watermelon tray of a dominant female, nothing will put him off, not even the nips and bites he inevitably encounters.

Io playing. I could watch Capybaras playing together for hours. I had no idea how playful they are.     は 遊ぶ。私はカピバラが何時間も一緒に遊んで見るのが大好き。彼らはとても遊び心アール

 

Donguri and her baby son Io on Capuchin Island.   どんぐりと彼女の赤ん坊の息子カプチン島のイオ。

Donguri and her baby son Io on Capuchin Island. どんぐりと彼女の赤ん坊の息子カプチン島のイオ。

When we first started visiting the biopark, Donguri and Io would be alone eating the grass on Capuchin island.   Perhaps Donguri was ensuring that her baby got plenty of nourishing fresh green grass, but I always felt it was in part to keep him away from, and protect him from, the hordes of human visitors.   After Donguri and I became friends, we would find her waiting for us each morning, sitting by the bench where we always sat.   Donguri was a wonderful mother, in the video below you can see her affectionately kissing and nuzzling Io,  who returns the affection, as they play in the pond.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FCcbmy9YDA

Mummy and Baby Capybara, Donguri and Io. Io is eating his cecotropes ミイラと赤ちゃんカピバラ。どんぐりとイオ。 Ioは彼のcecotropesを食べている

Mummy and Baby Capybara, Donguri and Io. Io is eating his cecotropes ミイラと赤ちゃんカピバラ。どんぐりとイオ。 Ioは彼のcecotropesを食べている

Little baby Io nuzzles his mother Donguri. They were very affectionate イオ赤ちゃんは母親のどんぐりをnuzzles。彼らは非常に愛情あった

Little baby Io nuzzles his mother Donguri. They were very affectionate イオ赤ちゃんは母親のどんぐりをnuzzles。彼らは非常に愛情あった

When Io gets to be one year old he will have to leave the Bio Park. Male capybaras have a strict dominance hierarchy and fights would break out between the males if there was more than one mature male in the enclosure.

Io will make a wonderful Boss Capybara at another zoo, where some of his offspring will inherit his mother, Donguri’s, outstanding, sweet gentle character.

Io’s father is Yasushi, his mother is Donguri. He was born at Nagasaki Bio Park on 18th of March, 2012

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Yuzu and Zabon

Yuzu and Zabon; these two are so adorable.   They are very vocal and come over when we arrive to be pampered.   They are the youngest capybaras after 'baby' Io who looks about 3 months, but is in fact 5 months old.   They always seem to be hungry. They point their noses up in the cutest way to indicate they want something to eat, and I haven't the heart to delay their request while I take a photo. ゆずとZabon、これらの2つはとても愛らしいです。彼らは非常にボーカルです。我々は、ちやほやされるため、到着に到着した。彼らは常に飢えているように見える。彼らは自分の鼻がかわいいです方法を指す。それらを食べるために何かをしたい。

Yuzu and Zabon; these two are so adorable. They are very vocal and come over, when we arrive, to be pampered. They are the youngest capybaras after ‘baby’ Io who looks about 3 months, but is in fact 5 months old. They always seem to be hungry. They point their noses up in the cutest way to indicate they want something to eat, and I haven’t the heart to delay their request while I take a photo.
ゆずとZabon、これらの2つはとても愛らしいです。彼らは非常にボーカルです。我々は、ちやほやされるため、到着に到着した。彼らは常に飢えているように見える。彼らは自分の鼻がかわいいです方法を指す。それらを食べるために何かをしたい。

Zabon Sleeping!     Zabon   眠れる!

Zabon Sleeping! Zabon 眠れる!

Yuzu and Zabon, Aki’s two daughters, seem to have inherited more of Donguri’s sweet personality than Aki’s more dominant personality, especially Yuzu. Yuzu and Zabon are usually to be found close together often sleeping nose to tail or side by side, each seemingly quite happy to have her nose stuck almost inside the others bottom!    Sometimes Io comes over and climbs on top of them when they are side by side, settling in between them… they never object, sweet capybaras that they are.

Yuzu and Zabon were born on 26 November, 2011

Yuzu and Zabon usually stayed close together. Very often sleeping nose to tail with one capybara nose in the other capybaras bottom ゆずとZabonは通常、近くに一緒に泊まりました。非常に多くの場合テールに鼻を眠っています。他のカピバラの底に1カピバラの鼻

Yuzu and Zabon usually stay close together. Very often sleeping nose to tail with one capybara nose in the other capybaras bottom ゆずとZabonは通常、近くに一緒に泊まりました。非常に多くの場合テールに鼻を眠っています。他のカピバラの底に1カピバラの鼻

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Yuzu and Zabon, sleeping together as usual. They are often very vocal

Yuzu and Zabon, sleeping together as usual. They are often very vocal

Sweet Yuzu...she and her sister Zabon were Aki's daughters from her last litter, along with 2 brothers, Goemon and Cyprus at Trius Zoo, Fukuoka.    ゆず甘い。 Zabon彼女と彼女の妹 - アキの彼女の最後の小さな娘から。加えて、二人の兄弟 - キプロスと五右衛門福岡現在Trius動物園。

Sweet Yuzu…she and her sister Zabon are Aki’s daughters from her last litter, along with 2 brothers, Goemon and Cyprus  ゆず甘い。 Zabon彼女と彼女の妹 – アキの彼女の最後の小さな娘から。加えて、二人の兄弟 – キプロスと五右衛門福岡現在動物園。

 

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Zabon - "This is mine!" Zabon - "これは私のものだ!"

Zabon – “This is mine!” Zabon – “これは私のものだ!”

A few minutes later Yusu rolled over and fell off the feeding tray she was sleeping on. I love the way Capybaras like to sit on or sleep in their food trays 数分後Yusuがロールオーバー。 Yusuは、食品トレイから落ちた。 かわいいので - カピバラは、その食品トレーで寝るのが好き

A few minutes later Yusu rolled over and fell off the feeding tray she was sleeping on. I love the way Capybaras like to sit on or sleep in their food trays 数分後Yusuがロールオーバー。 Yusuは、食品トレイから落ちた。 かわいいので – カピバラは、その食品トレーで寝るのが好き

Sweet, beautiful Yuzu 甘い、美しいゆず

Sweet, beautiful Yuzu 甘い、美しいゆず

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Zabon

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Nina

Adorable young Nina,dreaming. 7 months old, and a male capybara. He will stay at the Bio Park until he is about a year old and then go off to become a breeding male at another zoo.    愛らしい若いニーナ。七ヶ月。カピバラ男性。彼が1歳に達するまで、私はバイオパークに滞在。成人男性のカピバラの戦い。 彼らは別の筐体に移動する必要があります。 彼は別の動物園で1日ボスカピバラ意志

Adorable young Nina, dreaming. 7 months old, and a male capybara. He will stay at the Bio Park until he is about a year old and then go off to become a breeding male at another zoo. 愛らしい若いニーナ。七ヶ月。カピバラ男性。彼が1歳に達するまで、私はバイオパークに滞在。成人男性のカピバラの戦い。 彼らは別の筐体に移動する必要があります。 彼は別の動物園で1日ボスカピバラ意志

Adorable young Nina, 7 months old, and a male capybara. He will stay at the Bio Park until he is about a year old and then go off to become a breeding male at another zoo.    愛らしい若いニーナ。七ヶ月。カピバラ男性。彼が1歳に達するまで、私はバイオパークに滞在。成人男性のカピバラの戦い。 彼らは別の筐体に移動する必要があります。 彼は別の動物園で1日ボスカピバラ意志

 Nina

Nina is a much more pugnacious personality as the various cuts and scars he acquires testify.    He is always hungry, always demanding food in the nicest possible way, but always extremely determined.    On one occasion when there was nobody around to buy food pellets for him, he sat looking intently at the food dispenser dreaming of those nice round containers full of delicious pellets. He hatched a plan to attack the dispenser as you can see in the video below.  Unfortunately for him he had no success;  those nasty humans have made the dispenser capybara proof…how thoughtless of them.   Although Nina is only one month and 11 days older than Io he is more than twice Io’s size.    Definitely a dominant male in the making.

Just before we left Japan at the end of August, Nina injured his eye quite seriously, scratching the cornea during a round of play fighting.    He had to be removed from the enclosure for medical treatment and it was decided that, with his boisterous nature, it would not be a good idea to put him back with the herd after his long absence.    He is still at Nagasaki Bio Park and makes starring appearances at the flower dome with Io for company. Everyone adores them

Nina’s father is Yasushi and his mother is Momiji. He was born on 7 February, 2012

Nina dreaming of the little round food containers full of delicious pellets, but since nobody seems to be feeding him he is hatching a plot to attack the food dispenser

Nina dreaming of the little round food containers full of delicious pellets, but since nobody seems to be feeding him he is hatching a plot to attack the food dispenser

As he does in this video

http://youtu.be/nMBzsKU3BH0

Young Nina at Play. プレーで若いニーナ

 

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Famous Capybaras of The World; Japanese Capybaras 世界の有名なカピバラ、日本のカピバラ

I would like to thank my friends Yuko Ishihara and Motoko Iwata for all the help they have given me in writing this blog.     私は私の友人裕子石原幹子岩田に感謝したいと思います。彼らはこのブログを書いて私は非常に役立っ

TAKESHI   タケシ  

Takeshi, Looking So Sweet and Frail.. Photo taken a month before he died. たけしは、そう甘いと虚弱探し。 彼が死ぬ前に写真は、月を撮影。

Takeshi, Looking So Sweet and Frail.. Photo taken a month before he died.
たけしは、そう甘いと虚弱探し。 彼が死ぬ前に写真は、月を撮影。

Japan’s most popular Capybara when he tragically died on June 3rd 2012

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Takeshi

From my diary, June 4, 2012:    I wish Capybara lived forever. I am feeling very sad because a famous Capybara, Takeshi, has just died at the age of 9 years and 10 months. He was born in TOBU ZOO (Saitama) and moved to NAGASAKI BIO PARK at the age of five. He spent part of his life in the area of the zoo where the capybaras can be petted and then moved to a more private area where he could still be seen. He was adored by Japan’s legion of Capybara fans and his death brings us all great sadness and a sense of loss. Although I had never met him, I was looking forward to seeing him when we go to Nagasaki this summer. He was very gentle, very sweet and absolutely adorable.

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Blissful Takashi

Takashi was very timid when he first arrived at Nagasaki Biopark but he gained confidence in the magical and nurturing atmosphere of the capybara enclosure

隆ビオパークは、彼が最初に長崎に到着したときに非常に臆病だった。彼は自信を得た。カピバラエンクロージャ内部。育成雰囲気の魔法で

武、。長崎ビオパーク写真 Takeshi, on the left. Nagasaki Biopark photo.

武、。長崎ビオパーク写真      Takeshi, on the left.     Nagasaki Biopark photo.

June 5, 2012: Stared out at the sea for a long time tonight, listening to the waves and thinking of Takeshi, feeling very sad. His death has really affected me. Especially seeing that video made one month before he died, where he looks so thin and frail, but so kind and gentle. He looks out towards the crowd, as though remembering his days in the petting area, when people loved and pampered him, and wishing that somebody would pick him up and cuddle him and make him feel better. He really was a very special capybara. I also want to thank my friend Yuko Ishihara for all the help she has given me. It was through her that I first learned about Takeshi. I must stop crying…

Blissful Takashi

Blissful Takashi

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One time, while Takashi was eating, two young capybaras began to fight. Takashi walked over to them and gently chided them;    the two young capybaras  understood and immediately stopped fighting.   In the gentlest possible way he had made his presence felt as only a truly noble animal can.

I always feel very sad looking at this noble, gentle Capybara. The most loved Capybara in Japan

ファーブル伊藤の生き物日記「カピバラの武(たけし)」

昨日(2012年6月3日)にバイオパークの人気者だったカピバラの武(たけし)が永眠致しました。 2002年8月13日に東武動物公園で生まれたので、9年10ヶ月の生涯でした。
当園に来園したのが、2007年9月27日でしたので、5歳で長崎にやってきました。 その翌年の2008年5月24日に当園のカピバラの群れに合流して一夫多妻の群れのオス(ボス)としてたくさんの子供たちの父親となったのでした。 数えてみればオス15頭、メス17頭合計32頭の子を設けていました。 その子たちの多くは那須どうぶつ王国、海遊館、福山動物園、大森山動物園、アドベンチャーワールド、ヨーデルの森などの国内の動物園や水族館で暮らしています。 バイオパークにも武の子や孫も存在しています。
優しい夫であり、父親であり、おじいちゃんであったタケシでしたが、この冬から体調を壊し、5月中旬にはバク舎横の武の場所から治療を専念するため、バックヤードの治療室に移動していました。 口の中に複数のできものがあり、硬い食べ物が食べにくくなり、痩せも目立っていました。 直接の死因は出血性腸炎でした。

昨年武は全国のカピバラ総選挙で一位となった人気者でした。 「カピバラが大好きな方で武を知らない人はいない!」と言われるほどでした。 九州以外から武に会うためだけの目的で来園されるお客様もいらっしゃいました。

多くの方に愛された武の代わりに私からお礼申し上げます。 本当にすばらしいボスだった武の在りし勇姿を思い出しながら、彼の冥福を祈りたいと思います。

 

DONGURI どんぐり

Donguri. Leader of the herd at Nagasaki Bio Park. The seventh oldest capybara in Japan

Donguri. Leader of the herd at Nagasaki Bio Park. The seventh oldest capybara in Japan

Donguri is the leader of the herd at Nagasaki Bio Park. She is the seventh oldest capybara in Japan. She is number one in female hierarchy and related to all the other capybaras except for the Boss Capy Toku, the breeding male.

She is a very compassionate and charismatic capybara. A natural leader who is always concerned about the well-being of her herd. My impression is that she does not have a high opinion of humans. She often finds them noisy and badly behaved and resents the control they have over the lives of the capybara herd. Humans control her life and prevent her gaining access to lonely, pregnant or sick capybaras if they are being kept in a separate enclosure. In the wild capybaras would be in charge of their own lives. Research has shown that rodents do not like to be controlled, they like to be in charge of their own lives and their environment. This applies to capybaras as well.

Donguri, on the right, enjoying the Onsen with Macaroni in the middle And Momiji on the left    右のどんぐり。途中でマカロニ。左側のもみじ

Donguri, on the right, enjoying the Onsen with Macaroni in the middle And Momiji on the left
右のどんぐり。途中でマカロニ。左側のもみじ

Donguri used to look at me pleadingly and point her nose at the lock on the gate to the enclosure which she wished to gain access to. She knew humans controlled access to all the enclosures and could unlock the gates. She didn’t understand that I did not have the authority to do this, and it broke my heart that I was letting her down in a situation where I was completely on her side and wanted her to be able to go into all the other enclosures to give support and love to the suffering capybaras.

Donguri is such a special capybara. She is the leader of the capybara herd at Nagasaki Bio Park. She is Very compassionate always giving support to capybaras who are distressed. She is the 7th oldest capybara in Japan. But at 10 years old she is still very sexy and all the male capybaras adore her. どんぐり。非常に特別なカピバラ。群れのリーダー。優秀な指導者。とても思いやり。非常に穏やか。積極的ではない。日本での第7回最古カピバラ。 10歳。まだ非常にセクシー。すべての男性のカピバラは彼女を大好き。

Donguri is such a special capybara. She is the leader of the capybara herd at Nagasaki Bio Park. She is Very compassionate always giving support to capybaras who are distressed. She is the 7th oldest capybara in Japan. But at 10 years old she is still very sexy and all the male capybaras adore her. どんぐり。非常に特別なカピバラ。群れのリーダー。優秀な指導者。とても思いやり。非常に穏やか。積極的ではない。日本での第7回最古カピバラ。 10歳。まだ非常にセクシー。すべての男性のカピバラは彼女を大好き。

One of the things that drew me to Donguri on my first visit to Nagasaki Bio Park in 2012 was her empathetic, caring nature. At this time Aki was number one in the Bio Park hierarchy. Her slightly larger sister Donguri was not in the hierarchy because, as told to me by the keeper, she didn’t like to fight. Aki must have sensed that Donguri was her main rival and she seemed to go out of her way to pick on Donguri. However, it quickly became apparent to me that Donguri was the most important capybara in the herd at Nagasaki Bio Park. She had a wonderfully gentle and compassionate nature. If any capybara was in distress through pain, illness or isolation, Donguri would go over and sit by them and nuzzle them affectionately.

When Momiji was pregnant and had given birth to Choco and Doughnut in 2013, she was kept in a separate enclosure until the babies were 6 weeks old. She missed the company of the herd and often called to them. Several times every day Donguri would come and sit beside Momiji’s enclosure. She would gently call to Momiji and rub noses with her through the bars of the fence.

Exceptional Donguri,  . A wonderful, compassionate and intelligent leader. どんぐりチャン。すばらしいリーダー。思いやり、賢い、インテリジェント。そして美しいです!

Exceptional Donguri, . A wonderful, compassionate and intelligent leader. どんぐりチャン。すばらしいリーダー。思いやり、賢い、インテリジェント。そして美しいです!

If the despondent capybara was in a separate enclosure Donguri would rub noses with her through the bars of the fence. The happiness this brought was very obvious as the capybara’s hair rose in joyful response to Donguri’s loving gesture. If the dejected capybara was too far away or out of sight Donguri would sit as close to her as possible and call to her.

Donguri is also very tolerant of badly behaved humans.

Donguri eating bamboo. I think she believes that the Bio Park has hired me to be her personal butler; to feed her all day long

Donguri eating bamboo. I think she believes that the Bio Park has hired me to be her personal butler; to feed her all day long

Following Aki’s tragic death in October 2012 Donguri became number one in the Bio Park hierarchy.
Donguri is such an outstanding leader, taking command of a difficult situation and giving support to those capybaras who are unhappy or suffering. She is always watching to see what is going on in the capybara enclosure. Watching the humans to see what they are up to and sensitive to the needs of all the other capybaras in her domain.

 It is very easy to recognise Donguri – the claw on the extreme left of her left front foot is bent round. I would recognise her anywhere by her eyes. どんぐりを認識するのは非常に簡単。フロント左足。つま先が丸いカール。私は彼女の目を認識する。


It is very easy to recognise Donguri – the claw on the extreme left of her left front foot is bent round. I would recognise her anywhere by her eyes.
どんぐりを認識するのは非常に簡単。フロント左足。つま先が丸いカール。私は彼女の目を認識する。

For more about Donguri please see my blogs:
The Compassionate Capybara; Empathy in rodents げっ歯類での共感。思いやりカピバラ: https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/category/animal-communication/
Donguri, The Most Important Capybara in Japan どんぐり。日本で最も重要なカピバラ. 長崎バイオパークで; https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/donguri-the-most-important-capybara-in-japan/
Donguri, The Perfect Capybara. どんぐり、パーフェクトカピバラ。: https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/donguri-the-perfect-capybara-%e3%81%a9%e3%82%93%e3%81%90%e3%82%8a%e3%80%81%e3%83%91%e3%83%bc%e3%83%95%e3%82%a7%e3%82%af%e3%83%88%e3%82%ab%e3%83%94%e3%83%90%e3%83%a9%e3%80%82/

 

 

Videos which feature Donguri:

Donguri Capybara What Are You Doing?どんぐりカピバラあなたは何をしているのか?

Momiji has been out of the herd for possibly as long as 12 weeks while she was giving birth. This video was made on Momiji’s first day back with the herd, with her babies are Choco and Doughnut and Ayu’s baby Macaroni. Donguri is number one in the Biopark female hierarchy. She is a very compassionate and charismatic capybara, a natural leader.

Every day while Momiji was in a separate enclosure Donguri came to visit her several times a day. She called softly to Momiji and sat as close to her as possible against the fence. In this video you can see her sniffing Momiji’s bottom and rubbing her morillo several times on different parts of Momiji’s body. Towards the end of the video you can see little Macaroni having hiccups. He often had hiccups, but I didn’t notice Choco or Doughnut hiccuping.

 

Awesome Donguri Comes to Protect Baby Capybaras どんぐりは赤ちゃんカピバラを保護

Donguri is a very caring and impressive capybara. She is the largest capybara at the Bio Park and is now number one in the hierarchy. Nobody messes with her. She hates to fight so she has won her place in the hierarchy because of her presence; her imposing personality, character and charisma. If any of the capybaras need support, consoling or protection Donguri goes to them. Last year she and her 5 month old baby son Io spent most of the day on Capuchin Island away from the crowds of visitors. I’m sure Donguri was protecting her son from the noisy humans. The monkeys never, ever attacked her or baby Io. This year Momiji has often had to leave the island because of the monkeys. They are usually a bit wary of her but never hesitate to upset her babies. Momiji would like to spend most of the day in peace on the island. Because of the monkeys she is often forced to retreat to the “mainland”.

In this video Donguri sees the monkey taunting Momiji and immediately goes over to the island to protect her and the babies. The monkeys stay well away.

 

Cute Clever Capybara Knows How to Keep Her Teeth Healthy キュートな巧妙なカピバラ。どんぐり。健康な歯。石をかむ

Donguri, Yasuha and most of the capybaras, if not all, regularly chew on stones to keep their teeth healthy. Capybaras have hypsodont teeth — the crown keeps growing throughout their life. This extends the life of the teeth and of the animal. Horses and rabbits also have hypsodont teeth. In order to keep their teeth healthy capybaras need a diet of coarse plant tissues such as grass, hay or the aquatic plants, wild grasses and bark that forms their diet in the wild.

YASUSHI   靖

Yasushi is a magnificent capybara.      He is such a character, so charismatic and thoughtful. He often looks worried as if he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders and was responsible for the entire herd.    If one of the capybaras escapes from the enclosure he looks extremely concerned and follows the escaped capybara’s progress until it returns to the safety of the herd.

靖は、壮大なカピバラです。非常に穏やか。非常に忍耐。任意のカピバラの最長毛。信じられない表情豊かな顔。非常に官能的。彼はちやほやされるのが大好き。彼の長い髪が上昇します。彼は綿毛の巨大なボールのように見える。優れた文字。人々は時々、彼は野生動物であることを忘れ。迷惑な事をする。彼はそれらをかむことはありません。彼はちょうど起き、歩き去る

それは靖と恋に落ちないのは難しいです。私は1日、彼は日本で最も人気のカピバラに選ばれることを願って。彼は間違いなくに値する。

Magnificent Yasushi, he has such an expressive face, with such soulful eyes.      靖壮大。彼はそのような表情豊かな顔を持っています。そのような魂のこもった目で

Magnificent Yasushi, he has such an expressive face, with such soulful eyes. 靖壮大。彼はそのような表情豊かな顔を持っています。そのような魂のこもった目で

Yasushi has an incredibly expressive face and the most amazing long hair. He is very sensual and loves being pampered. When Yasushi is in this blissful state his hair rises until he looks like a giant ball of fluff, with his bottom lip hanging down and trembling in sheer ecstasy. He loves having his ears rubbed, as little baby Io knows well. When they play together, the loving father and his youngest son, baby Io frequently nibbles Yasushi’s ear and Yasushi goes into a state of ecstasy.

Io is often to be found sitting or sleeping near Yasushi. There is a real bond between them. At watermelon time Io frequently shares Yasushi’s choice bits of watermelon, Yasushi never pushes him away, although Yasushi never hesitates to push away one of the female capeybaras. It may be that just a few seconds earlier while they are all waiting for the watermelon to arrive, a time when Yasushi’s thoughts frequently turn to love and sex, Yasushi may have been sniffing a particular females bottom and showing great interest in her, but should she dare to want to share his watermelon his chivalry disappears in an instant.

Yasushi in Ecstasy.    エクスタシーにおける康志

Yasushi in Ecstasy. エクスタシーにおける康志

He is also endlessly patient. Many of the visitors to the capybara enclosure are attracted to this amazing capybara, and start pampering him, playing with his fur, or exploring his anatomy.    Occasionally people go too far.   One time, as Yasushi lay blissfully on his side being pampered, somebody squeezed his nipple hard!   You could see the look of horror come over his face as if to say “Hey! What’s going on here”.   He sat bolt upright, and then in a very dignified way stretched out his fore paws and slowly stood up and walked away.    If I had been him I would have turned round and bitten that stupid person

Yasushi is very tolerant as people explore his body.   Occasionally a look of “what are these humans up to now?” will pass over his face.  If the humans are gentle his hair will fluff up and he will go into that blissful state, hair puffed up, often rolling on his back with his mouth hanging open, as he enjoyed the pampering

He has real star quality!

Yasushi Looking Thoughtful. やすしは思いやりを探しています。

Yasushi Looking Thoughtful. やすしは思いやりを探しています。

It is hard not to fall in love with Yasushi.   I hope one day he will be voted the most popular capybara in Japan; he so definitely deserves to be.

Yasushi is a magnificent capybara.   He has the longest hair by far of any capybara I’ve ever seen.   He has an incredibly expressive face.   And he is very sensual.    He loves to be pampered, his long hair rising so that he looks like a giant ball of fluff.   He is very patient.   People sometimes forget that he is a wild animal and do annoying things.   He never bites them.   He just gets up and moves away

All the Female Capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park adore Yasushi, and Vie for his Attention. They Chase Him!   長崎バイオパークではすべての女性のカピバラはやすしを崇拝する。彼の注意のために競う。彼らは彼を追え!

All the Female Capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park adore Yasushi, and Vie for his Attention. They Chase Him! 長崎バイオパークではすべての女性のカピバラはやすしを崇拝する。彼の注意のために競う。彼らは彼を追え!

靖は、壮大なカピバラです。彼は私が 今まで見てきたカピバラのはるかに長い髪をしています。彼は信じられない表情豊かな顔を持っています。彼は非常に官能的です。彼はちやほやされるのが大好 き。彼の長い髪が上昇します。彼は綿毛の巨大なボールのように見えます。彼は非常に患者である。人々は時々、彼は野生動物であることを忘れている。彼らは 迷惑な事をする。彼はそれらをかむことはありません。彼はただ立ち上がると遠ざかる

Most beautiful capybara in world.  世界で最も美しいカピバラ

Magnificent, Sensuous Yasushi. A King amongst Capybaras 壮大な、感覚的なやすし。カピバラの中の王

Magnificent, Sensuous Yasushi. A King amongst Capybaras 壮大な、感覚的なやすし。カピバラの中の王

Yasushi was born in Saitama children’s zoo in October, 2005, possibly on October 28.
His father was Umi who lived to be 14, an exceptionally good age for a capybara.  His mother was Marilyn.  Komari, who has just been voted most popular capybara in Japan, is his younger sister. His Father, Umi,  was born in Higashiyama zoo on October 14, 1997, and died at Omiya park zoo on November 21, 2011.  His Mother, Marilyn, was born in Saitama children’s zoo on July 21, 2003, and later moved to Chikozan park zoo where she is now.

靖は、10月に埼玉子供動物園は2005年に生まれました。

彼の父は海であった​​。 14まで生きた。カピバラのために良い年齢。彼の母親はマリリンだった。小毬は、(日本で最も人気のカピバラを投票)は、彼の妹である。ウミは1997年10月14日に東山動物園で生まれ、2011年11月21日に大宮公園の動物園で死亡した。彼の母親は、マリリンは、2003年7月21日に埼玉子供動物園で生まれました。マリリンは後でChikozan公園動物園に移動しました。そこに残されています。

YAMATO   ヤマト

Yamato is Donguri’s son.    He has inherited Donguri’s outstanding personality and character.    He is sweet natured, generous and very calm.   The perfect capybara.    I hope he will sire lots of baby capybaras just like him and Donguri.

Yamato  was born at Nagasaki Bio Park, his brothers are Hikoma and Collo.   Collo was a much loved capybara who very sadly died at a young age.   Yamato first moved to  Torius Friendly Zoo  in Fukuoka, a sister zoo to  Nagasaki Bio Park.  In July 2012, he moved to Saitama.
彼は「ヤマト」です。長崎バイオパークで生まれて「彦馬」や「コロ」と育ちました。福岡のトリアスふれあい動物園で2年半、毎週会ってました。7月で卒業して、埼玉に行きました。”

Yamato is Boss Capybara at Saitama Zoo.   ヤマトは埼玉の動物園でカピバラのボスです。

Yamato.     Photo by Motoko Iwata
ヤマト。    元子岩田による写真

ヤマトはどんぐりの息子です。彼はどんぐりの優れた人格と個性を継承しています。彼は、温厚寛大な甘いと非常に穏やかです。完璧なカピバラ。私は、彼はちょうど彼とどんぐりのような赤ちゃんカピバラの多くを種牡馬を願っています。

Yamato.     Photo by Motoko Iwata
ヤマト。     元子岩田による写真

Yamato was born at Nagasaki Bio Park, he is the brother of Fujiko. Yamato was born on the 1 August 2007.  His mother is Donguri, his father is Be-be

大和は長崎バイオパークで生まれた。   彼は不二子の兄です。大和は2007年8月1日に生まれた。   彼の母親はどんぐりです。彼の父親は、Be-Beであることです

Yamato.     Photo by Motoko Iwata
ヤマト。      元子岩田による写真

Yamato Looking Agorable.     ヤマトは愛らしい探し

Yamato. 大宮公園の動物園で大和

Yamato at Omiya Park Zoo…大宮公園の動物園で大和

The Destroyer Koharu at Omiya Park Zoo.    大宮公園の動物園でデストロイヤー小春。

Koharu Looking Magnificent.. 小春マグニフィセント探し

For more information about Yamato and Koharu, visit this link to the website of Omiya Zoo

http://www.parks.or.jp/omiyazoo/animal-nisshi/capybara/animal-nisshi-capybara.html

HIKOMA and KOMARI    彦馬と小毬

I am very grateful to Yuko Ishihara for all the information and photographs about Hikoma and Komari

Hikoma is Boss Capybara at Saitama Child Animal Nature Park.   彦馬は埼玉子供動物自然公園でカピバラのボスです

Hikoma

Hikoma.    Photo by Yuko Ishihara.     彦馬。裕子石原による写真

彦馬は関東に住んでいるカピバラファンによって非常に愛されています
妻の小毬が非常に強いです。
小毬は彦馬5回の子を出産した。
小毬は常に出産後彦馬に神経質になります。
そして彼女は彦馬に攻撃する。
彦馬は小毬を反撃しません。
彦馬は、子供が生まれるたびに複数の負傷を行っています。

しかし、彦馬は心を失うと毬を愛していません。
立派な彦馬はとてもかわいいです。
彦馬は現在、家族から隔離されています。
なぜなら、彼らの子供は10月4日に生まれました。と小毬は彦馬に攻撃した。
彼は怪我を治すと小毬がリラックスするのを待っています。
私は彦馬が間もなくグループに戻ることができます願っています。
毬も非常に有名です。
私は今週中毬に関する詳細なメッセージを送信します。

彦馬。裕子石原による写真Hikoma.  Photo by Yuko Ishihara

彦馬。   裕子石原による写真
Hikoma.    Photo by Yuko Ishihara

Hikoma is a very sweet, timid male capybara.   His wife Komari has given birth five times to his babies.   After she gives birth she becomes very nervous and attacks Hikoma.   He is very gentlemanly and does not fight back even though he gets injured by her.   He doesn’t give up on her, and he still loves her.   Komari gave birth on 4 October.   Hikoma has now been separated from her while he recovers from his latest injury and waits for her to settle down.   Both Hikoma and Komari are very popular and famous capybaras in Japan.

彦馬と小毬。裕子石原による写真Hikoma  and Komari.   Photo by Yuko Ishihara

彦馬と小毬。裕子石原による写真
Hikoma and Komari.   Photo by Yuko Ishihara

KOMARI

Komari has been voted most popular capybara in Japan this year, 2012.   Perhaps she will become a role model for all women in Japan!

Komari is a wonderful mother and creates a very happy and stable environment for her babies to grow up in.     Seeing her with her babies is a most beautiful and uplifting experience.

Komari and 2 days old twins   Photo by Yuko Ishihara

Komari and 2 days old twins. Photo by Yuko Ishihara 小毬と2日齢双子。裕子石原による写真

Komari has given birth to quadruplets four times,  and to twins once.  They are all Hikoma’s children.   After she gives birth Komari becomes very nervous. However she is a very good mother and all of her children grow up to be very healthy.

Hikoma and Komari.   Photo by Yuko Ishihara

Hikoma and Komari. Photo by Yuko Ishihara. 彦馬と小毬。裕子石原による写真

Komari was born in Saitama children’s zoo on February 14, 2008.
There are many fans of Saitama Zoo who remember  Komari from when she was  baby.
When Komari became a mother this was a very joyful time for her many fans and admirers

The dates on which Komari gave birth are:
October 29, 2010 ( two sons and two daughters )
April 21, 2011 ( one son and three daughters )
October 4, 2011 ( one son and three daughters )
April 18, 2012 ( four daughters )
October 4, 2012 ( one son and one daughter )

Hikoma and Komari.   Photo by Yuko Ishihara

Komari.and Daughters. Photo by Yuko Ishihara. 小毬と娘。裕子石原による写真

小毬は、2012年に日本のカピバラ人気ランキングで第一位にランクされました。

彼女が四つ子を4回と双子1時間を産んだ。
彼らは彦馬のすべての子供たちです。
小毬は、出産後彦馬に神経質になります。
しかし、赤ちゃんのために、彼女は非常に良い母です。
彼らのすべての子どもたちは、非常に健全に成長しています。
彼女は子供をもたらす先の姿は非常に美しいです。

小毬は、埼玉県こども動物自然公園2008年2月14日に生まれました。
毬赤ん坊だった過去を知っている埼玉県には多くのファンがあります。
私は小毬を知ることができたとき、彼女はすでに母親でした。
しかし、私は小毬は母親がそれらのために非常に大きな喜びであるとなると思います。

小毬が子供を産んだとなる日付:
2010年10月29日(2人の息子と2人の娘)
2011年4月21日(1人の息子と三人の娘)
2011年10月4日(一人の息子と3人の娘)
2012年4月18日(4人の娘)
2012年10月4日(1の息子と娘一人)

I believe that Japanese zoos like Nagasaki Bio Park are the reason why capybaras are so appreciated in Japan. To be able to go into an enclosure and be greeted by 15 friendly capybaras who have no intention of biting you, but rather are looking forward to being petted by you, and fed by you, is the most rewarding experience any capybara lover could imagine. Capybaras are very sensual and social.   As you pamper them they will roll over on their back, exposing their cute, pink tummies and their hair will poof up in the most amazing way, until they end up looking like a giant ball of fluff.   This is especially true of Yasushi, Boss Capy, at Nagasaki Bio Park.

Additionally, in Japan there is a cartoon character called ”Capybara-san”. This has bought capybaras to a very wide audience, and these people then go to visit zoos to see the capybara and discover for themselves just what phenomenal animals they are. The genuine capybara aficionados rather look down on ‘capybara san’ because it is not a real capybara.

This understanding of, and appreciation of capybaras in Japan, puts Japan in a class of its own as far as I’m concerned. Nagasaki Bio Park was set up by the Japanese minister for agriculture in 1985. As Minister of agriculture he was familiar with capybaras, which had been brought to Japan from Venezuela as a source of meat and protein. However, their enormous appeal as animals could not escape anyone’s notice, and this far outweighed their ‘use’ in agriculture. So capybaras were introduced to Nagasaki Bio Park. Over the years the friendliest and most peaceful capybaras were selectively bred, so that 10 years ago the Bio Park felt confident it could open an enclosure and allow visitors inside to mingle with, and enjoy the company of the capybaras. This has been a huge success and Nagasaki Bio Park has become known throughout the world as THE Mecca for capybara lovers. Perhaps the most important contributing factor is that Japan is the least litigious society in the world, unlike America which is at the opposite extreme. This means that in the early days no mother would have sued the zoo if her child was bitten by a capybara. There are about 15 other zoos in Japan where you can also enter the capybara enclosure, including Nasu Animal Kingdom and Aso Farm Land and at the others you can usually feed and pet them over the fence.

In Western zoos visitors can only see capybaras from a distance. This gives no indication of the amazing friendliness and sociability of the capybara. Capybaras in Western zoos often look bored, listless. even unhappy. Sometimes they have to share their enclosure with animals, like guanacos, which might kill them. Amazingly, some Western zoos think that all animals from South America can be lumped together in one enclosure, this is true of the supposedly flagship San Diego Zoo!   This misguided approach takes no account of the very wide disparity between the habitat in the moist, tropical, north easterly regions of South America where the capybara live, and the dry, high altitude habitat where alpacas, llamas and guanacos live. Capybaras are easily intimidated by these larger animals and a number have been killed in Western zoos, which is an outrage.

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How To Get To Nagasaki Bio Park. It’s very easy. 長崎バイオパークへの到達方法。

    I am afraid I have had to remove the photos as some nasty person has been removing the watermark from my photos and uploading them to the internet. It is illegal to remove the watermark.

NWN view from top of hill 2012 Biopark

The View from the Top of the Hill Just before You Enter the Capybara Enclosure.

To see the Enchanting Capybaras.   Of course there are lots of other Animals, many of which you can pet, and Botanical Gardens.

Having a capybara come over to you and sit affectionately in your lap is the most wonderful experience. Many of the capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park will sit on the laps of visitors these days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdNE6omkqvM

Visiting Nagasaki Bio Park is very easy to achieve.  The Bio Park is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Saikai National Park with over 400 small islands (the Kujukushima Islands and the Gotō Islands).  Hiring a car is expensive, but with GPS you could easily spend a day or two driving around around this scenic area.   Road signs and route numbers are in English.

I would avoid major holidays like Golden Week which runs from about April 29th through May 6th.    This link gives holidays in Japan for 2015:

http://portalseven.com/calendar/Holidays_Japan.jsp?year=2015#page=divHolidayListTab

Nagasaki is an attractive city, with European architectural features from its past as one of the few places in Japan that allowed foreigners to settle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagasaki

NWN 2 black baby Aoba on Momiji 2014

Baby Aoba loves to sleep on top of her mother Momiji. Momiji is a fantastic mother. おめでとう!リトル青葉はミイラもみじの上で寝大好き。もみじは素晴らしい母親であります

Brief History of Japan’s Period of Seclusion:

From 1641 to 1853, the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan enforced a policy which it called kaikin. The policy prohibited foreign contact with most outside countries. However, the commonly held idea that Japan was entirely closed is misleading. In fact, Japan maintained limited-scale trade and diplomatic relations with China, Korea , the Ryukuyu Islands and the Netherlands”

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Sakoku—seclusion from the outside world.   During the early part of the 17th century, the shogunate suspected that foreign traders and missionaries were actually forerunners of a military conquest by European powers. Christianity had spread in Japan, especially among peasants, and the shogunate suspected the loyalty of Christian peasants towards their daimyō, severely persecuting them. This led to a revolt by persecuted peasants and Christians in 1637 known as the Shimabara Rebellion which saw 30,000 Christians, rōnin, and peasants facing a massive samurai army of more than 100,000 sent from Edo. The rebellion was crushed at a high cost to the shōgun’s army.

Missing photo:  Hinase’s 4 babies spent several hours sleeping as close together as they could possibly be. 

After the eradication of the rebels at Shimabara, the shogunate placed foreigners under progressively tighter restrictions. It monopolized foreign policy and expelled traders, missionaries, and foreigners with the exception of the Dutch and Chinese merchants who were restricted to the man-made island of Dejima in Nagasaki Bay and several small trading outposts outside the country. However, during this period of isolation (Sakoku) that began in 1635, Japan was much less cut off from the rest of the world than is commonly assumed, and some acquisition of western knowledge occurred under the Rangaku system. Russian encroachments from the north led the shogunate to extend direct rule to Hokkaidō, Sakhalin and the Kuriles in 1807, but the policy of exclusion continued.

The end of this period of seclusion was signalled by the arrival of Commodore Perry on July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy with four warships, the Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna, which steamed into Yokohama bay. He requested that Japan open to trade with the West. These ships became known as the kurofune, the Black Ships.

During this period of isolation the culture of Japan developed with limited influence from the outside world.  Japan had one of the longest stretches of peace in history.   It developed thriving cities and castle towns and increased commodification of agriculture and domestic trade.   This, together with increasing literacy and the concomitant print culture, laid the foundations for modernization, even as the shogunate itself grew weak.

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Donut looks after Zabon’s babies just 10 days old

As a foreigner, you will find most people will go out of their way to be friendly and helpful;  they want you to have a good impression of their country.  You will be surprised how little English is spoken.   My Japanese friends tell me this is because English lessons at school concentrate on written English, so many people may be able to read and write a little English, but fewer will speak it.

It’s worth checking TripAdvisor to get information and other people’s opinions  on planned accommodation, etc.

www.tripadvisor.com

Missing photo:  Yasushi, who has longer hair then many capybaras, responds to being petted by “pilo-erection” – his hair rises in response to the pleasurable stimulus. 

TRANSPORT

There are Information Desks, with English speaking staff, at all the main airports (including Nagasaki), and main Bus and Rail stations, including Sasebo.

Most international flights arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.  British Airways flies to both Haneda Airport, which is closer to Tokyo and from which most domestic flights go, as well as Narita.   From Narita there is a straight forward connection to Tokyo Haneda Airport.  There is a Limousine Bus which costs 3000 Yen per adult, and takes between 65 – 85 minutes depending on traffic.  There is also a rail link;  depending on the time of day, you may have to change trains.  Ask at the Information Desk for details.    For the latest transport information regarding travel into Tokyo, and between Narita and Haneda Airports, go to this site:

http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/haneda/index.html

British Airways has daily flights  between London-Heathrow (LHR) and both Haneda and Narita airports.

You can fly from Haneda to either Nagasaki or Fukuoka.  Nagasaki airport is more convenient for getting to the Bio Park, but there are more flights between Haneda and Fukuoka.

Domestic flights to Nagasaki go from Haneda Airport, Tokyo’s other main Airport.  There are flights throughout the day.  At the time of writing:

JAL has 6 flights a day.   This is their website:

http://www.jal.co.jp/en/dom/

ANA  has 8 flights a day, 4 of which are operated by its partner airline, Solaseed.     This is their website:

http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/index.jsp?type=de

The cheapest option is with Skymark, a low cost carrier.  Many of their pilots are Westerners.   http://www.skymark.co.jp/en/

Nagasaki Airport Website has information on how to get to and from the airport: including to Huis Ten Bosch , Nagasaki and Sasebo:

http://www.nabic.co.jp/english/access/index_kotsu.html

You can also fly from Tokyo Haneda airport to Fukuoka airport; Fukuoka is the main city on the island of Kyushu and there are more flights from Haneda to Fukuoka, than from Haneda to Nagasaki. The journey from Fukuoka airport to Huis ten Bosch is longer and costs more, than from Nagasaki airport to Huis ten Bosch. You will have to take the underground/subway called “chikatetsu” in Japanese, from Fukuoka airport to Hakata station. Then you will need to take the train from Hakata station to Huis ten Bosch; the journey time is 1 hour 50 minutes if you catch the direct train, otherwise you will need to change trains.

Missing photo:  Capybaras Resting on Capuchin island 

The best place to stay is Huis Ten Bosch,  (Huis is pronounced “Haus” in Japan).  There are a number of luxury (4 and 5 star) hotels here including the Lorelai (from which the Bio Park bus goes) which often has the best rates, the Nikko Hotel, and the Okura Hotel.   Holders of a Bio Park pass receive a 20% discount at The Lorelai.   The hotels run a free shuttle bus service to the central bus station, which is by the Okura Hotel.

Hotel Lorelei:  http://www.lorelei.co.jp/index.html

The Okura Hotel is a re-creation of the historic Amsterdam Central Railway Station.  You can’t miss it!  http://www.okura.com/hotels/huistenbosch/index.html

I recommend the Lorelei Hotel. I injured my foot badly and we had to extend our stay by 3 months while it healed. The hotel was incredibly helpful spending over an hour trying to find us an English-speaking doctor (in fact it turns out many of the doctors speak English) and later contacting the Immigration Office in Nagasaki as we had to extend our visa. Everyone working at the Lorelei Hotel was exceptionally helpful and one staff member gave us a huge bag of tangerines, which are in season in Kyushu at this time of year.

If you get a Bio Park Annual Pass you will get a 20% discount on room rates at The Lorelai Hotel.

If you are looking for budget accommodation there are hostels, including one run by the Catholic Church, in Nagasaki.   There is a public bus, bus number 20, which runs between the central bus station in Nagasaki and The Bio Park.  The fare in 2014 was 780 yen one way.  Journey time is approximately one and a half hours.

The Bio Park runs a free bus service from 2 points in Huis Ten Bosch to the Bio Park.    These are:  1) From outside the Lorelai Hotel and 2) from the Bus Station outside the Okura Hotel.   The journey from Huis Ten Bosch to The Bio Park takes about 45 minutes through sometimes stunning countryside and seascapes.  The bus schedule is available from their website:   BioPark access – http://www.biopark.co.jp/en/access/.

The easiest way to get to Huis Ten Bosch from Nagasaki Airport is by bus.  Buses run at frequent intervals.  The Information Desk at Nagasaki Airport will give you all the information you need, including bus timetables, fares etc.

Information about the Japanese Railways (JR) Pass and the Timetable can be found at this website.  It is hosted by a Japanese gentleman who is only too happy to answer in English your questions about the rail system:   http://jprail.com/travel-informations/fare-calculation.html

Japanese Railways  have an excellent timetable at this site:  http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

The nearest railway station to Nagasaki BioPark is Huis Ten Bosch.

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Capybaras sleeping waiting for breakfast. 長崎バイオパークで眠るカピバラ。ミドル、リアビューでどんぐり

BUS

There is a bus from Nagasaki Airport to Huis Ten Bosch Bus Station which is in front of the Okura hotel.  From here there are free shuttle buses to other hotels in Huis Ten Bosch

There is also a free shuttle bus from Huis Ten Bosch Bus Station to the Bio Park (see above and below).

By bus from Nagasaki city to Nagasaki Bio Park:

To get to Nagasaki Bio Park from Nagasaki City go to Shinchi bus station (there are several bus stations in Nagasaki so be sure to go to this bus station). Then take a number 1 bus (see next paragraph). There are about 7 buses a day. The Bio Park is open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Not every bus makes the short detour from Futamata to Nagasaki Bio Park: 1 in the morning arrives at approximately opening time at the Bio Park, and one late afternoon which leaves the Bio Park at approximately 16. 50 p.m. (I would be there for 16. 45 p.m.). Otherwise you get off at Futamata, which is a very short 5 minute walk from the Bio Park. The Biopark is clearly signposted at the traffic lights at Futamata. When you get off the bus at Futamata, cross the road at the traffic lights, and continue across the first bridge. Then turn right and cross a second bridge. You will see the entrance to the Bio Park car park to your left. Futamata is tiny.

Please note: not every number 1 bus goes to Futamata. You can get a bus timetable in English from the Information Office at Nagasaki train station (not Nagasaki bus station!) if you happen to be going to Nagasaki train station. At Shinchi bus station ask at the information kiosk which platform the bus to Futamata or Nagasaki Bio Park goes from – not every number 1 bus goes to Futamata/Nagasaki Bio Park. The journey time by bus from Nagasaki Shinchi bus station to Futamata/Nagasaki Bio Park is approximately 1 and half hours if you take the direct bus. It’s a very beautiful drive for much of the way. You should allow plenty of time to find your way around the bus station and connect with your bus. Make sure you have plenty of change. The bus fare in 2018 was approximately 1,100 yen. Board the bus at the door in the middle of the bus, and take a ticket. You pay on reaching your destination when you exit at the front of the bus beside the driver.

The bus back from the Bio Park is the number 20. You can catch this bus at the Bio Park; it leaves at approximately 16. 50 p.m. (bus times do change from year to year so check the times. The Bio Park can give you an up-to-date timetable for the journey from Nagasaki Bio Park back to Nagasaki city). You can also catch bus number 20 from outside the supermarket at the red sign. There are many more buses from here, at the supermarket in Futamata, to Nagasaki city than from the Bio Park.

If you are planning to travel round Kyushu, there is more information about Long Distance Bus Routes in Kyushu at this site:   http://www.rakubus.jp/english/

Tips
* When you get on the bus, greet the driver by saying “Onegai shimasu.”   Then, thank the driver by saying “Arigatou gozaimashita” when getting off the bus.

In the Flower Dome

In the Flower Dome

ACCOMMODATION

The best place to stay is Huis Ten Bosch,  (Huis is pronounced “Haus” in Japan).  There are a number of luxury (4 and 5 star) hotels here including the Lorelai (from which the Bio Park bus goes) which often has the best rates, the Nikko Hotel, and the Okura Hotel.   Holders of a Bio Park pass receive a 20% discount at The Lorelai.   The hotels run a free shuttle bus service to the central bus station, which is by the Okura Hotel.

Hotel Lorelei:  http://www.lorelei.co.jp/index.html

The Okura Hotel is a re-creation of the historic Amsterdam Central Railway Station.  You can’t miss it!  http://www.okura.com/hotels/huistenbosch/index.html

I  recommend the Lorelei Hotel. I injured my foot badly and we had to extend our stay by 3 months while it healed. The hotel was incredibly helpful spending over an hour trying to find us an English-speaking doctor (in fact it turns out many of the doctors speak English) and later contacting the Immigration Office in Nagasaki as we had to extend our visa. Everyone working at the Lorelei Hotel was exceptionally helpful and one staff member gave us a huge bag of tangerines, which are in season in Kyushu at this time of year.

If you get a Bio Park Annual Pass you will get a 20% discount on room rates at The Lorelai Hotel.

If you are looking for budget accommodation there are hostels, including one run by the Catholic Church, in Nagasaki.

Where to Eat in Huis Ten Bosch:

Lorelei Hotel Restaurant. I would recommend the restaurant at the Lorelei Hotel which serves both Japanese and Western food. The hotel restaurant has an excellent buffet with an extensive choice of dishes, both Japanese and Western. It is excellent value.

Huis Ten Bosch is the setting for a theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture which features many buildings built in the traditional architectural style of the Netherlands.  There are hotels, museums, shops and restaurants, canals and windmills.  Huis Ten Bosch itself may not be of great interest to Westerners, other than for its convenient location with accommodation and transport connections to The Nagasaki Bio Park.  It is named after Huis Ten Bosch one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family located in The Hague, in the Netherlands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huis_Ten_Bosch_(theme_park)

African Crowned Crane

Spectacular Grey Crowned Crane At Nagasaki Bio Park ( It is the national symbol of Uganda)

Here is an entertaining video of the Tapirs cavorting in their pond during a thunderstorm:       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDOeN-mxYDY

The Hashimoto Hotel, is only a 10 mins drive from the Bio Park, near the coast in a beautiful area.  However, I have not found an English language website to book this.      Tel: +81-959-28-0011      Location on Google maps:     https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=33.00143,129.730157&z=13

There is also a Minshuku (like a B&B but with dinner as well.   Yoshino (guesthouse)   Tel:  +81-959-27-1200   Location on Google maps:  https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=32.994989,129.754345&z=13

A cheaper option is to stay in Sasebo (which has an American Military Base) at the Toyoko Inn right by the train station.  However this increases your daily travelling time by at least one and a half hours, and is only worth considering if you are planning to visit the Bio Park for many, many days!    (We visited every day for a month, I found observing the capybaras social interactions fascinating, and of course I loved petting them).  For most people Huis Ten Bosch or Nagasaki are the best places to stay .   If you do stay in Sasebo you can buy a monthly rail pass, we organised this at the ticket office at Sasebo Station, where English is s spoken.

If you are looking for budget accommodation there are hostels, including one run by the Catholic Church, in Nagasaki.   There is a public bus which runs between the central bus station in Nagasaki and The Bio Park.

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Flamingos at Nagasaki Bio Park

We spent our first 3 nights at The Chisun Inn near Nagasaki airport, while we got onto local time, as it is much cheaper than Huis Ten Bosch.  The hotel is actually in Omura and we had lovely views over beautiful Omura Bay.   Rooms can be small in non-luxury hotels.  There is a large supermarket just across the road.  (You can sometimes get reduced sushi at about 6 pm!)  There is no public transport to the Chisun Inn, but it is a short 10 minute taxi ride, costing 1300 Yen.   3 men helped organise our taxi and lift our 4 heavy bags.   The Japanese tend to travel very light, so we felt quite conspicuous with our excessive baggage.   The Chisun Inn is part of the Solare Hotels Group.

http://www.solarehotels.com/english/

Accommodation in Japan can be expensive.  If you are travelling around Japan the 2* Toyoko Inn chain, is good value.   The hotels are usually very close to train stations, though no less attractive for that.  Rooms are small by western standards.  Some of the hotels have very thin walls.  We always travel with a Marpac ‘white noise’ machine, so for us noise was not such a problem. There is a Toyoko Inn near Haneda (2 actually side by side) which is probably the best value place to stay near the airport.  The staff at the hotels we stayed in spoke some English.  In Sasebo (at the Toyoko Inn) we had tasty, free Japanese breakfasts and free wifi.   http://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/

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A Wallaby at Nagasaki Bio Park. I was surprised how soft their fur is. You can mingle in their enclosure and pet them

Nagasaki Bio Park

Information on how to get to the Bio Park from a number of locations including Nagasaki and Fukuoka, by bus, train or car can be found at the Bio Park website:

BioPark access:    http://www.biopark.co.jp/en/access/

This site includes information and the timetable for the free Bio Park Shuttle Bus from/to Huis Ten Bosch.

The Bio Park runs a free bus service from 2 points in Huis Ten Bosch to the Bio Park.    These are:  1) From outside the Lorelai Hotel and 2) from the Bus Station outside the Okura Hotel.   The journey from Huis Ten Bosch to The Bio Park takes about 45 minutes through sometimes stunning countryside and seascapes.

Reservations should be made using the email address listed, or by telephone.  When we visited in August the bus was rarely full.  I had the impression people only booked up a few days in advance if that.  You might well be able to make a last minute reservation except at holiday times.  Weekends are busiest, with Sunday being the busiest day.   Weekdays are much nicer;  you might well get the capybaras all to yourself!

This is the countryside at the entrance to Nagasaki Bio Park with this beautiful Japanese house. I wonder who lives there, just a few minutes walk from the Capybaras? The photo doesn't do justice to how pretty and rural the area is.

This is the countryside at the entrance to Nagasaki Bio Park with this beautiful Japanese house. I wonder who lives there, just a few minutes walk from the Capybaras? The photo doesn’t do justice to how pretty and rural the area is.

If you would like More Information about Visiting The Nagasaki Bio Park, go to my blog:

https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/visiting-nagasaki-bio-park-was-one-of-the-best-experiences-of-my-life-if-you-love-capybaras-it-is-an-absolute-must-visit-before-you-die/

Here is a blog I have written about the capybaras at Nagasaki Bio Park. Like humans they are all individuals and have different personalities. And of course like humans you can recognise them by their faces – they all look different. Visiting them is so much more interesting when you know who they are

すべての動物は、個々のです。ちょうど人間のように。喜びははるかに大きいです。カピバラの名前を知っています。カピバラのキャラクターと個性を知ってい ます。あなたははるかにカピバラをお楽しみいただけます。あなたは彼の名前を知らない場合はカピバラを侮辱です。彼の性格。カピバラを認識してください。 彼らはこれを値しま:

https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/the-capybaras-at-nagasaki-bio-park-%E9%95%B7%E5%B4%8E%E3%83%90%E3%82%A4%E3%82%AA%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC%E3%82%AF%E3%81%AE%E3%82%AB%E3%83%94%E3%83%90%E3%83%A9/

Use of Credit Cards

Most ATM’s do not accept foreign credit cards.  Nagasaki Airport has one ATM which does.  Haneda International Terminal (but not the Domestic Terminal) and Narita also have ATM’s which accept foreign credit cards.

Some taxis in major towns do take credit cards, but usually only domestic ones;  these tend to have a sign on the rear left passenger door.   Whenever we tried to use a foreign credit card for a taxi  it was not accepted. You can always try though. Smaller businesses, super markets, restaurants, etc. in rural areas accept cash only. Indeed most of Japan is still cash only outside of the large towns and cities. You will always need to be prepared to be able to settle in cash.   The exceptions are  major hotel chains, rail pass, the gift shop at the Bio Park, and similar.

Another tip is that most large Post Offices have an international ATM in them with English instructions.

WiFi

McDonalds have free wifi if you get desperate.  There is also free wifi at Haneda Airport, depending where you sit.

Video Links:

There is nothing as magical as 14 Capybara singing (eeping) in unison. This chorus goes on for up to half an hour or longer.  I’ve tried to capture some of this magic in this short video. One person who has seen the video said “This sounds make me happier!” :    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z6o5DC3–A

If you want to see what a blissfully happy Capybara looks like when he is being petted, these 2 give an idea of how enjoyable petting a capybara is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9EHV-AvQyc

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

A couple of videos showing just how playful, and amusing to watch ,Capybaras can be:   (In the first video most of the action happens after about 1 min. 8 secs)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id_pgMOib-Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szuhRSV6zMI

If you would like to see more Videos about Capybaras, go to Capybara World on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/rangdaaaa?feature=results_main

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