Meet the capybara: world’s largest rodent, and your next pet

In case you hadn’t heard, the latest craze in pets is the capybara. The largest rodent in the world is an adorable, smart, and absurd addition to many families. Melanie Typaldos and Richard Loveman told Taxi that there’s “really no difference from having a dog or a cat.” Except, y’know, the fact that they essentially have a 100-pound guinea pig running around their home.

Here we see Melanie and Richard hanging out with their 112-pound capybara named Gary.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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Gary’s full name is Garibaldi Rous.  Here he’s seen visiting a local elementary school to educate the little ones about his breed.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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Gary’s known to party pretty hard.  Here he is on his third birthday going wild with a couple tortoises and a guinea pig.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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And here he is mingling with a Boston Terrier puppy.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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And hanging out on the couch with a girl who seems a little reluctant to be sitting next to a gigantic rodent. 

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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And bonding with a rat named Fresno.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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Here’s another capybara named Dobbye chillin in the bath.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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Dobbye was pretty darn cute as a baby.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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And here’s Dobbye being… heroic… with some ducks and a chicken.

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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If you’re ready to run out and buy yourself a capybara (which, let’s be real, you probably are at this point), you should keep in mind that they’re very high-maintenance pets.  They have sharp teeth, separation anxiety, and “require” a swimming pool.  They also have very unique health issues that require a lot of careful feeding and veterinary care.

So read up, do your research, then decide if the capybara’s the right pet for you.  (And if it is, make sure to invite me over so I can hang out with it.)

Meet the capybara: world's largest rodent, and your next pet

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