Capybaras can stand and even walk a little on their hind legs. In this shot, Caplin Rous is standing tall so that he can rub his morrillo on a plant. The morrillo is a scent gland on the top of the nose.
I worked on this stupid 9,000+ piece puzzle for almost a year, with Caplin Rous periodically helping me by chewing on the pieces, pulling them off the table, and one time even getting up on the table and scattering the pieces around. He didn’t get the point to doing such a large puzzle, and honestly, neither do I. During the course of puzzle building, I found pieces all over the house and even on the back porch, yet, miraculously, not a single piece was missing when the puzzle was completed. Good capybara!
I wouldn’t trust many horses around a capybara but Buzz, my 25-year-old gelding is super gentle and very sweet. Here he and Caplin Rous share a little graze in the yard. By the way, horses eat much faster and much more than capybaras.
This is a photo of Caplin Rous with a guinea pig named Hello Pineapple on his head. He did this during our 20/20 shoot and you can see that playing on the TV in the background. Caplin Rous really was the World’s Most Famous Capybara. He is wearing a coat that was made for him by one of his Facebook friends.
Whenever we took Caplin Rous out about town, he always wore one of his signature bandanas. I guess that’s not really a costume, but when you combine it with a nose covered with melted red popsicle, I think it counts.
Remember, Caplin Day is tomorrow, July 10th. Celebrate by eating a popsicle or some yogurt or both!