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Capybara Madness! Meet a Giant Rodent Who Hugs Cats

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )

- 1806 days ago -
His name is Garibaldi ROUS. He's among the world's largest rodents. He loves to snuggle with cats, puppies, rabbits, humans -- see the photos.

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Nicole W (646)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:48 am
thank you Cher!

Elle B (84)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:54 am

Angelika R (143)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:59 am
Never heard of these, boy he IS HUGE and sure is a lover! Thx, awesome!

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 8:19 am
noted very sweet!!!!!

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 8:35 am

Nice story.

. (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:00 am
Beautiful..ty Cher

charlotte nichols (15)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:07 am
Omg that's so cute he's massive

Ruth C (87)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:14 am
Almost as big as my husky was!

Connie O (44)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:40 am
I have loved capybaras ever since I first saw one. Anywhere I go that I know they have them, I take tons of photos. When I lived in FL the West Palm Beach Zoo had a whole herd...don't know if they still do. I would take my young son and we would watch them for hours!

aj E (164)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:59 am

. (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:34 am
They really are sweet creatures. I really enjoyed this.

Malgorzata Zmuda (199)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:51 am
kapibara jest świetna na tych zdjęciach, aż miło popatrzeć, zwłaszcza z tym kotkiem pięknie wyszła, chciałoby się mieć taką u siebie.

Christeen A (369)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:47 pm
I guess he's a lover.

Joanne D (38)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:51 pm
I knew about them as wild animals from PBS shows about South America. I had no idea they could be so adorable. Great article.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:02 pm
Awww, I love capybaras! Also tapirs! South American animals are amazing!! :-))

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:58 pm
I don't agree that they keep them as pets.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 3:12 pm
Capybaras rule! Love him with the little Boston Puppy!

Kathleen R (138)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:04 pm
very cute

janet f (29)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:48 pm
The first time I ever saw or heard of a capybara was at the Central Park Zoo when I was a child. There was one in with the elephants (I never understood why). I was immediately smitten. They have been a kind of obsession for me since then. No one had ever even heard of a capybara and getting a picture of one back in the 60's was all but impossible. I finally found a picture of one when I was a teenager in magazine and cut it out and hung it up in my room. I still have that picture.

Being the world's largest rodent is not so easy. They are hunted and eaten in Venezuela. The Pope gave permission for them to be eaten on Fridays when people are usually allowed to eat only fish. I swear this is absolutely true.

Thank you for this story. I love that he has a pool and other animals to play with. Can't imagine what reaction one would get walking one down the street.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:55 pm
He is neat and looks like he would like a good cuddle anytime.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:13 pm

Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:36 pm
That is one large rodent, but cute. Noted Thanks Cher

Dianne D (490)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:55 pm
Looks like the picture is off the same cat but title says cats - pural. That's one big rodent.

paul G (61)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 1:56 am

Giana P (398)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 3:45 am
Really sweet.

Lona G (80)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 4:41 am
I'm not sure turning Capybaras into pets is a very good idea. They're wild animals which should be left in the wild just as monkeys and apes are, no matter how cute. And he's very cute, I agree.
Raising awareness for them in the wild is fine, but not as the next fad, even if they're cared for as well as this Capybara is.

Sharon Davidson (371)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:42 am
adorable thanks

cynthia l (207)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:47 am
he is cute but I agree with Lona

Debra T (17)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:05 am
Noted! Interesting, informative and an all around good read! Thanks!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:11 am
I just love Capybara's they are so lovely.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:30 am
I have had rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, cavies and a chipmunk. Too bad i now live a small apartment. I'd love to have one as a friend and companion.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:34 am
Capybaras are going to become a large problem in Florida much as another rodent the nutria has become in Louisiana. By the mid fifties damage done to marshes, rice and sugarcane fields, and levee systems, as nutria populations soared to 20 million animals.
A capybara is like a large beaver. There was a large beaver who took on two large shepherds in Ontario a couple of years ago and ripped them to shreds. Imagine what a pissed off capybara could do???

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 12:17 pm

Angelflowers D (85)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 12:26 pm
I have never seen one,but the one in the picture is cute as a bug.

Helle H (21)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 1:53 pm
Very cute

Carol H (229)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 3:34 pm
how cute!! thanks Cher, noted

Barbara V (51)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 6:29 pm
I think he's rather sweet. Never in my life did I ever hear of these guys. Well, he's OK by me since he likes cats.

Sara P (55)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 7:39 am
Thanks for sharing Cher.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:32 pm
What a loveable creature.
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