Like its relative the guinea pig, the capybara does not have the capacity to synthesize vitamin C, and capybaras not supplemented with vitamin C in captivity have been reported to develop gum disease as a sign of scurvy.
Hi y'all! I was reading poems, trying to decide what to share today, when I ran across a poem that stopped me in my tracks. It describes one of the most despicable, unjust acts I have ever heard of. I am absolutely floored. I think you should read it, but maybe today isn't a good day for that so here's the link. Read it when you can.
For something completely different, here's a poem about capybaras. I heard recently that it is traditional in Japan for them to take winter solstice baths with yuzu fruit. (I also tried my first yuzu fruit recently. Reminded me of gooseberries and grapefruit.)
god, grant me the serenity of a capybara
by Adrienne Crezo
in an annual yuzu hot bath, a zoo's solstice onsen
for these too-short days, too-soon orion looming
overhead. let me stand in steaming mineral soup
orbited by floating citrus and snow and awash in love
from those who believe i am enough as i arrived: wet-
eyed, wanting, heat-seeking, sleepy. give me that good
hot vapor and a pair of hands to feed me fruit, comb
my hair, tell me i'm so sweet the oranges came to bathe...
read the rest here
Reading to the Core has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Catherine!