Living In The Limelight

I’m too old for this shit…

You may recall last year that I brought you the touching human rodent interest story of the pair of capybaras who escaped from Toronto’s High Park Zoo back in May 2016.  The male and female pair of exotic rodents were supposed to move into a new pen at the expense of its previous tenant Chewy the curmudgeonly capy (seen grousing above).  However, in the spirit of Billy and Patty from Rod Stewart song fame, the two young turks instead seized the opportunity to make a run for it and successfully remained on the lam for several weeks.  The fauna fugitives quickly earned the nicknames Bonnie and Clyde, and in turn, their daring escape became the kind of viral story that could even briefly trump (no pun intended) the American political news that Canadians so desperately crave in the midst of a heated election season…

It’s not like you can see a capybara going for a swim in Toronto every day, eh?

The furry transplants from another hemisphere weren’t able to elude capture for very long, which was a minor miracle given the fact that the posse of rodent wranglers that was assembled to bring Bonnie and Clyde to “justice” seemed about as capable as the Keystone Kops.  Nevertheless, the legendary Team Capybara prevailed and managed to capture both Warren and Faye (but not the right envelope) before the end of the June…

And before the batteries in their phone died from taking gratuitous selfies of their awesomeness.

So, you might be wondering what these two little South American hooligans have been up to lately.  Well, thanks once again to a heads up from my Canadian contact Saucy, I am happy to announce that Bonnie and Clyde have indeed hit it off and started a new family!  In fact, in February they became the proud parents of triplets!  And because social media manages to turn everything that can be sensationalized into a really shitty portmanteau, the trio of li’l ones have been dubbed the “capybabies.”

Capybara cuteness time three! (Photo: CTV News)

And because High Park Zoo knew they could milk this story for tons of free publicity, they decided to hold a naming contest for the three amigos.  So what would it be?  Moe, Larry and Curly?  Tom, Dick and Harry?  Dewey, Cheatham and Howe?  Tinker, Evers and Chance?


Nope… they were named Alex, Geddy and Neal after the members of the band Rush.  Why?  Because Canadians love their own…

Usually, anyway…

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neal Peart make up the Canadian rock band Rush, which has been going strong for almost 50 years now.  For all they accomplished together, I guess getting capybara triplets named their your honor is right up there with getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… and might soften the blow that is the fact that US mainstream radio ignored Rush to the point where the band never even had a Top 20 pop hit despite a laundry list of recognizable songs that all rock fans know well.

Sorry to bust your mean, mean pride Tom, but you only made it up to #44.

We at The Nest wish Bonnie, Clyde, Alex, Geddy and Neal all the best while putting up with all the fame that comes with being the rock stars of Toronto’s High Park Zoo.  And we hope the poor, forgotten and forcibly relocated Chewy is able to cope with the new capys on the block…



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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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19 Responses to Living In The Limelight

  1. I’ll second that and wish the all the best too… hugs to all rodents and gnawers eggs-cept the beaver….;O)

  2. draliman says:

    Yay! I expect this will be a Disney film before long…

  3. happee bee lated mom N dadz day bonnie N clyde !!!! 🙂 😉

  4. Such a lovely story, they ran away together and got babies, so human.

  5. I’m just glad some ding dong hunter didn’t do away with the capys before they could be returned to safety….I love a happy capy ending!


  6. a1mamacat says:

    Well done LB. Nice followup to the fugatives

  7. And there I was thinking Huey, Dewy, and Louie.

  8. Those charming “Cannuckleheads” have once again managed to charm the socks off some of us. Maybe Justin (Trudeau, the smart one-not their national clown) will adopt one as the national pet. Either way, a cute read.

  9. Ladybuggz says:

    Hmmm… this is the first time I’ve heard of these cute critters escaping and being re-caught, but then, Eastern Canada is sooo far away we almost think it another country! lol… Cute story B.! and yes the other Justin needs to be locked in a cage! 🙂

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