A capybara who was loved by many.
Caplin Rous was a capybara owned by a woman named Melanie Typaldos. A capybara is the largest species of rodent in the world and comes from South America. They are kind of like guinea pigs, and they love to swim.
Caplin lived in Texas. The "Rous" part of his name stands for "Rodent Of Unusual Size." Many of his videos showed his adventures of swimming, making noises, eating, begging for Popsicles, and hanging out. The videos were well-loved and still are today.
However, Caplin passed away in early 2011. The necropsy showed that he had liver damage. From there, Melanie decided to start the ROUS Foundation, to promote capybara veterinary sciences and health.
Later on, Melanie adopted Garibaldi Rous, because he needed a home and could not be cared for by his previous owners. (He was an indoor capybara, which isn't a good idea for that type of animal.)
Melanie Typaldos' daughter, Coral, begged her mother for a pet capybara. They met a baby wild capybara on their trip to Venezuela. Since Carol lived in an apartment and could not keep such a critter, Melanie decided "it was up to me to fulfill her capybara vision." Caplin was adopted at Star Farms in Texas.
Little did Melanie and her family know, that her capybara buddy would become a YouTube star!
Rise to fame
Not many people have seen pet capybaras before, and the strangeness of such a choice of pet has caused the Caplin videos to become popular.
Many have mourned Caplin's passing in early January 2011. Melanie however, adopted another capybara, Garibaldi Rous, who came from a family who could not care for him anymore. Garibaldi was the smallest and friendliest of his litter.
Today, Garibaldi entertains Melanie and his YouTube fans.
- Caplin lived from July 10, 2007 - January 4, 2011.
- The ROUS Foundation was made in memory of Caplin. It is for capybara veterinary medicine.
- His owner wrote a book called Celeste and the Giant Hamster.