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Bob perked up from the warm afternoon when his favorite handler, Diane Moyer, came into his enclosure with a tasty snack — corn on the cob."He loves corn," Moyer said.
East County Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016 4 years ago

Big Cat Habitat's single male, new digs with pool, seeks companion

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Capybara enjoys life of leisure at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.
by: Jessica Salmond Staff Writer

Bob, the capybara, is settling into his new bachelor pad at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, and he is hoping he won’t be solo for long.

Capybaras are social creatures, so Kay Rosaire, founder of the sanctuary, said she is trying to find him companionship.

Bob came to the sanctuary about eight months ago, when his New York owner decided she needed to give up her pet to a good home.

Rosaire said Bob had a large enclosure with a pool when he first arrived at the sanctuary, but since then, new digs had been under construction.

With donated labor from Incredible Creations, a more natural habitat was opened in March. The rock-like structure gives him something

to climb on and a little cave to cool off in.

Bob's new and improved enclosure includes a structure made by Incredible Creations, a creative cement company out of Bradenton. The company donated the labor to complete the project.
Bob's new and improved enclosure includes a structure made by Incredible Creations, a creative cement company out of Bradenton. The company donated the labor to complete the project.

He doesn’t seem to mind the five rescued pet alligators who live next door. The alligators don’t pay much attention to him, either.

“They’re fed too much to care about him,” Rosaire said.

The rodent is a favorite among the staff now.

Diane Moyer, an animal caretaker at Big Cat, is Bob’s main girl for his favorite snacks, corn on the cob and romaine lettuce.

“We get along really well, and he associates me with the corn,” she said with a laugh.

Bob the Capybara is an eligible 3- to 4-year-old bachelor looking for companionship at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.
Bob the Capybara is an eligible 3- to 4-year-old bachelor looking for companionship at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.

Rosaire jokingly calls the capybara “Moyer’s son.” Although other caretakers help with Bob, too, Moyer is most familiar with him and knows most of his habits. For example, she said his morning routine includes a leisurely lap around his pool.

It’s the first time Big Cat has had a resident capybara, so Rosaire needs to find him a friend. In the wild, capybaras travel in groups

“We’re looking for a family,” she said.

Until that time, Rosaire is consdering the addition of a goat as a playmate. That, however, would attract the alligators’ attention.

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