Monday, July 25, 2011

Cool Animal Sounds: Capybara

For those of you who don't already know, capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are the world's largest species of rodent. They also make some very interesting noises! They sound a bit like guinea pigs in my opinion. They are eaten in their native range, and were once declared a "fish" by the pope, meaning that Catholics could eat them on Fridays.

These guys apparently make okay pets, but it takes a special sort of person to have a pet capybara. They are not the easiest pet to have. They are chewers, so they have to be kept away from electrical cords, and absolutely love the water, so a pool is a requirement. Interestingly enough, they can be "water pan trained" like a cat with a litter box. One owner keeps a blog about their unique pet, a capybara named Caplin.

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