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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 03:32 PM
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Interesting, Kinda seems like it would be more of an outdoor pet wouldn't it?

Its funny how each year people pop up with new pets.. makes me wonder what pets our grandkids will have.
This is so true, i wonder what will be next, its a shame really.

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This thread just reminded me of an episode of a Canadian show called "Kenny vs. Spenny",where they do competitions.In one episode (one of my favorites for obvious reasons) was "who can win a rat race" and they were going to race rats...don't worry,NO animals were harmed or anything.

Kenny always cheats in every episode and in this particular one when they had to pick out their rats,he got a capybara.The capybara was just walking around and did appear to be really slow moving.But it was only in the show close to the end.You can find most of these episodes on YouTube and the rat one is there.




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If you consider their care as if they were guinea pigs just scaled up (which I'm sure they're not... but for argument's sake), imagine how much they poop... imagine how much they eat... imagine how much they have to chew on to keep their teeth down? They're semi-aquatic in the wild, so one should probably take that into account when considering housing for the. All in all, they sound like they'd make one heck of a mess.

My agouti is about 5 pounds, and her care is much like a guinea pig as well, and she is incredibly messy. I use a 20" ceramic crock which she empties pretty much every day, on top of hay, nuts, and fruit. It's a lot of work keeping on top of her care.

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You can keep agouti's as pets? That's random lol how long have you had yours for ravnos?
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Lucy is the first agouti I've ever seen available, and she was a rescue. I've had her for about two years. I'm pretty sure she was a wild import, and has never really come to the point of being able to trust humans. Just cleaning her cage is an exercise in stress for us both. She supposedly had a mate at the time I rescued her, but her original owner never turned him over, and I never got to see him... but considering how bad of shape Lucy was in when she came to me, I'm sure he didn't make it.


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She's quite lovely, thanks for offering her a good home. It's so frustrating when animals like this are kept as pets because they're ~*~*~* so KEWLS ~*~*~*~ when, like I said, most people can't even take care of a rabbit or a guinea pig correctly.

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Your agouti is quite cute!!




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Aww shes cute sad to hear bout her mate though good job you took her in.
It must be pretty interesting to have her as a pet though, bit different lol.
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I saw something on Animal Planet about a lady with a Capybara. She said she feeds it 10 pounds of guinea pig food and I don't remember how much fresh fruits and veggies a day. So in a month with 30 days, that's 300 lbs of guinea pig food! She lets it stay in the house I believe and it likes to swim in her pool.

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I couldn't imagine having to go through that much guinea pig food.

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I was watching a documentary on invasive species in Florida. After hurricane Andrew I believe it was, one of the zoos in Florida got tons of calls from people saying they spotted a big rodent. After some investigation, the zoo realized people were seeing a large amount of capybaras and the scary thing was that particular zoo had no capybaras.

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Lots of facilities throughout Florida keep many different exotic species, especially reptiles. It may not have specifically been the zoo the hurricane released them from. The habitat in southern Florida is very unique in the US, and is now home to many non-native species. Of course, after the particularly bad winter they had, not as many. From what I've read, there's only been about a half dozen capybaras ever sighted in the area, and they're not thought to have any kind of breeding population.

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These are really neat animals.
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Yes but please keep in mind the last dates of posts. This one was from March 2010

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