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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Huge rodent for a pet?

Ever heard of the capybara? Apparaently you can keep one as a pet.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 02:30 PM
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Yes, a friend of mine has a few.....they taste great, too.

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Looks like an interesting pet to have, but I'll stick to my cat and dogs for now

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I like them in the wild.


I don't think they are fully domesticated yet. I only recently heard about them being kept as pets. But apparently people are starting to keep meerkats too...





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Oh my god!! They are one of my favourite animals, well at least since I first saw them live and pretty close up at the Toronto zoo!!
Not sure how the'd be as pets as they really like water and aren't small.. but wow would I be tempted. :-)


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I don't think they are fully domesticated yet.
Arguably, that should take an easy 100+ generations....so long after we have shuffled off this mortal coil.

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Arguably, that should take an easy 100+ generations....so long after we have shuffled off this mortal coil.
It took 50 years to domesticate the fox. I don't know how long it takes a capybara to reach breeding age, but most rodents mature fast. I'd say it'd be quicker then a fox...

But not all animals are able to be domesticated. For example, the Rhino.
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[FONT=Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif]For most people, the idea of keeping rodents as pets is off-putting, if not downright creepy. [/FONT]

[FONT=Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif]However, it's possible all these reservations could be put aside if we just embrace the capybara as a household pet. The semi-aquatic rodent native to South America can grow to be around 100 lbs. and about 2 feet tall at the shoulder.
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This is one of the hugest rodents in the world, followed by the beaver, porcupine, and mara.

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This is one of the hugest rodents in the world, followed by the beaver, porcupine, and mara.
Not just 'one of the largest', but the largest known rodent species on earth.

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