Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy Birthday, Cappy!

While everyone was out celebrating the Fourth of July on their three day weekend, here at the Sanctuary we were celebrating the birthday of one awesome Capybara! Happy birthday, Cappy!

Cappy was a former house pet who arrived at the sanctuary in November of 2013 after his owner could no longer care for him. Cappy has a sweet and gentle nature, but can be timid. His favorite activities include swimming in his large pool and munching on his bamboo treats.

Capybara are the largest rodents in the world and are native to all countries in South America except Chile. Capybara are also semi-aquatic mammals, meaning they spend half of their time on land and half of their time in the water. Their feet are actually webbed and their eyes, ears, and nose are all positioned towards the top of their head to help conceal themselves from predators in the water. (Cool!)

Here at the sanctuary, Cappy is fed guinea pig feed, timothy hay, and the occasional apple. In the wild, however, capybara graze mainly on grass, aquatic plants, as well as fruit and tree bark.

Like all other residents at the Sanctuary, Cappy is available for adoption! Adopting Cappy is $50/month and with your donation you receive:

  • An 8x10 photograph of Cappy
  • An adoption certificate
  • And you are able to come to IEAS for a monthly, accompanied visit with Cappy where you can sit and get to know him