Beloved Capybara, Caplin Rous Remembered

“Fair daffodils, we weep to see / You haste away so soon: / As yet the early-rising sun / Has not attained his noon.” – Robert Herrick

It’s kind of difficult to know where to begin, so I will start with when I first discovered Caplin. It was a little less than a year ago when I discovered the Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue’s 5th Annual Hoedown. At the time, I had recently adopted two guinea pigs and was looking to find better options for them as far as bedding, cage material, and just gain some overall piggy knowledge. (Link to my original blog about this.) I discovered that Caplin Rous, the World’s Most Famous Capybara, would be making an appearance. I looked him up right away and immediately became spellbound. I couldn’t wait to meet him in person. When I did, he did not disappoint me. In fact, he delighted me even more! I fell in love with Caplin and Capybaras as have his many fans. He truly was an ambassador for all capys and I dare say all his fellow rodents. It has been a week since he passed away and the outpouring of condolences, love, good will, and friendliness he’s received on his Facebook fan page and blog will attest to his wonderful ability to spread love wherever he went. Many have expressed that they feel like Caplin was their own, even if they had never met him. I know when I learned of his passing, a week ago today, my heart leapt into my throat and my eyes immediately welled up with tears. How could he be gone? I was looking forward to following his adventures and the possibility of seeing him again. (He was recently on 20/20 Caplin’s appearance is at the end of the segment.) He was so special. Not just to his family, not just to his friends, not just to those whom he met, but to everybody who ever came across any of his stories. He had a magical ability that just captivated you. His owner, Melanie, has done a wonderful job of capturing the life and times of Caplin Rous for which I will always be thankful. Thank you for sharing Caplin with us. I know he will forever touch my life and that of many more.

Please take the time to click on this link and watch this video from the band CAPYBARA. They are a wonderful group and had the chance to make a video with Caplin in which he does a little singing. 🙂
CAPYBARA sings to a capybara. from mark harrison on Vimeo.

I love this photo I took of Caplin so patiently letting the children pet him when I met him.

Here is the last video posted of Caplin on his Youtube channel. He’s so adorable eating blueberries. Watch more Caplin videos and marvel at his cuteness and adventures.

Here’s another adorable video from when he was a baby:

Caplin loved yogurt! Caplin, about to chow down on some yogurt at the Hoedown:

Whatcha lookin’ at? Haven’t you ever seen a capy eat yogurt before? 😉

Caplin didn’t just inspire music videos! He also inspired capybara poetry. Please check out the poetry. I have a poem included as well: Capybara Poetry
Check out his whole blog while you are at it.

Also, please consider buying a Caplin Calendar or Capycopy, a plush animal made in Caplin’s likeness. Caplin’s family could use the help paying his final medical expenses and the charity in his name CaplinCharity will go to helping capybara’s receive veterinary care. Capybara Madness

The Great Rous and Me!


3 responses to “Beloved Capybara, Caplin Rous Remembered

  1. Hi – I also became a fan of Caplin and reading your story about him made me tear up again. Of course now we all enjoy reading about Garibaldi who proudly carries on in Caplin’s name. Don’t forget Dobby…he was one of Caplin’s younger brothers.

    A baby capy was born at the San Diego Zoo (I live in San Diego) and went there to see the cute little capy. You can check out the photos here:

    If you’ve looked at lately and seen the puzzle blog, that’s my Chocolate posing in one of the photos. Piggies are cute little buggers…enjoy yours!

    • Dobbye is doing well. I follow him online too. 🙂 Caplin’s owner adopted another capy, Garibaldi ROUS. He’s really developing into his unique capy self.

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