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

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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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Pet Capybara Pool Size. What Size Pool Does My Capybara Need?

 

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 A recommended minimum size of pool/pond is 9 ft x 16 ft with a depth of 4 ft. The pool or pond should have a few shallow places where the capybara can sit and rest while still remaining mostly or partly submerged. If your pool does not have any steps or ledges that would provide this, you should put something like a plastic table in the pool for the capybara to sit on. Make sure it is securely anchored and does not tip over when the capybara climbs onto it.

A large, 8 foot, cattle tank is not sufficient, many people would say . There is no way a capybara can swim properly in something this small. And of course it is not very deep either.

Capybaras are outstanding swimmers and need a pool/pond that is at least 4 feet deep. They love to swim underwater and are very playful, rolling and turning. Capybaras can stay under water for up to 5 minutes.

In the wild capybaras spend much of the afternoon in water. Submerging in water is a way for them to thermoregulate, i.e. cool themselves.

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Capybaras are very agile and graceful in water. A cattle tank is not big enough to allow them to express themselves physically and aquatically, as they would in the wild.   It is a wonderful sight watching a capybara swim, and roll, and play with gay abandon.

 

Please see my blog which gives information about the dangers to capybaras of letting capybaras use your swimming pool. I also give information about a recommended filter system to use to clean the water in your swimming pool.  It is recommended that you do not use chlorine.

https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/pet-capybara-health-warning-it-might-be-potentially-dangerous-to-let-your-capybara-swim-in-a-chlorinated-swimming-pool-designed-and-intended-for-human-use/

This is a video of Romeo and Tuff’n playing in their swimming pool, you will see how they really make use of, and enjoy, the space available to them:

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“Capyboppy” by Bill Peet. How many people who say they love this book have actually read it? カピバラ「capyboppy」の物語

Capyboppy

Capyboppy. Photo by Bill Peet

 

Bill Peet, aged (I’m guessing) about 17, persuades his parents to let him have a Capybara as a pet. Capyboppy arrives, and immediately settles in, acting for all the world as if he owns the place…easily the most important member of the family. He chews everything and terrorises the cats, but his captivating charms ensure he wins the hearts of the family. Bill’s mother is particularly captivated, she pampers him with showers in the morning and in the evening he sits on her lap and watches TV with the family. At weekends he plays with Bill’s friends in the swimming pool, the centre of attention.

 

Capyboppy Hates Being Banished to This Shed at Night. No Capybara Should Ever Sleep Alone at Night. In the wild they would be surrounded by their herd.

Capyboppy Hates Being Banished to This Shed at Night. No Capybara Should Ever Sleep Alone at Night. In the wild they would be surrounded by their herd.  Drawing by Bill Peet.

 

The only part of his daily ritual he doesn’t like is when he is dispatched on his own to the garage to spend the night alone. Capybaras are exceptionally social animals, and a capy in the wild would never sleep alone.

 

Capyboppy on Bill's Mother's Lap, Looking So Happy, Loving the Attention.   Drawing by Bill Peet

Capyboppy on Bill’s Mother’s Lap, Looking So Happy, Loving the Attention. Drawing by Bill Peet

 

When summer comes Bill goes away with some friends. The parents, finding that a wild animal can make a slightly unruly pet when its closest friend abandons it, decide to make an enclosure for Capyboppy in the garden where he can spend the summer. Banished from the house, and the socialising he needs, he becomes depressed.

 

"These Plants Are Tasty"  Drawing by Bill Peet

“These Plants Are Tasty” Drawing by Bill Peet

 

One day a young boy, a friend of the family, comes over to visit and goes out to feed Capyboppy some grass. In his confused and depressed state Capyboppy bites him. Bill’s younger brother gives Capyboppy a ferocious kick which sends him to the bottom of the swimming pool where he stays a considerable time. Eventually he surfaces and crawls to a patch of grass where he remains motionless.

The family ignore him despite the fact that he has suffered a serious wound as a result of the kick. No effort is made to check up on him or to take him to a vet, even when he has not moved at all for hours. Two days later the family belatedly wonder if he is still alive!

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

 

Capyboppy Enjoying His Shower

Capyboppy Enjoying His Shower. Drawing by Bill Peet

 

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

 

Capyboppy enters his new home. The cats are terrified! Capyboppy completely ignores them.

Capyboppy enters his new home. The cats are terrified! Capyboppy completely ignores them. Drawing by Bill Peet

 

I enjoyed the first half of the book, but overall I found it deeply depressing and I am stunned that so many people claim to like it and recommend it for children.   Perhaps they only remember the first part of the book, the happy times for Capyboppy.    Otherwise they cannot possibly be true animal lovers.

 

Capyboppy loves swimming with Bill's friends. He is the centre of attention.

Capyboppy loves swimming with Bill’s friends. He is the centre of attention. Drawing by Bill Peet

 

The moral of the story: if you are going to have a pet and most especially if you are hoping to turn a wild animal into a house pet, do your homework. Make sure you understand its needs and be certain you will still find it enchanting when it grows out of its small, cute baby phase. Most of all, are you the sort of person who will act responsibly and always put your pet’s needs first, before your own needs and desires.

The Peets appear to have given little thought to Capyboppy’s emotional well being as he grew older and larger; ultimately abandoning him to his fate at the zoo in LA despite the warning signs that the hippos with whom he shared the enclosure would never provide him with the companionship he desperately needed.

 

"This Handbag Is Tasty"

“This Handbag Is Tasty”. Drawing by Bill Peet

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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

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

Sweet, Gentle, Trusting Capybara

Sweet, Gentle, Trusting Capybara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Kiss a Pig Contests, Cheap Laughs, and Bullying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links between animal abuse and human abuse are well-known

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

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

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

This is a link to Marc Bekoff’s homepage:

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

 

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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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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.

NWN capybaras waiting for breakfast

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.

NWN flamingos Biopark 2012

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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