World's Largest Rodent As a House Pet

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Caplin Rous relishes snuggling in bed, going to the pet store with his owner and doing tricks like sit and shake for treats.He might sound like your typical dog, but guess again. He’s actually a capybara, otherwise known as the largest rodent species on earth.”People hear the word rodent and they think it’s some kind of a dirty word,” Caplin’s owner, Melanie Typaldos, “But many of them are very smart, clean, loving animals.”

Caplin Rous, (his second name an acronym for “Rodent of Unusual Size,” a reference from the movie The Princess Bride) is all those things — although Typaldos warns that she wouldn’t recommend him as a pet for just anyone.Although he’s extremely loyal and a perfect gentleman in public, he can be territorial at home, sometimes trying to bite visitors he doesn’t like. He also requires a very large grazing area because he munches on grass most of the day and the semi-aquatic animal requires daily dips in a pool or other body of water. (Check out some zoo dwelling capybaras, here.)

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World's Largest Rodent As a House Pet

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Caplin Rous relishes snuggling in bed, going to the pet store with his owner and doing tricks like sit and shake for treats.He might sound like your typical dog, but guess again. He’s actually a capybara, otherwise known as the largest rodent species on earth.”People hear the word rodent and they think it’s some kind of a dirty word,” Caplin’s owner, Melanie Typaldos, “But many of them are very smart, clean, loving animals.”

Caplin Rous, (his second name an acronym for “Rodent of Unusual Size,” a reference from the movie The Princess Bride) is all those things — although Typaldos warns that she wouldn’t recommend him as a pet for just anyone.Although he’s extremely loyal and a perfect gentleman in public, he can be territorial at home, sometimes trying to bite visitors he doesn’t like. He also requires a very large grazing area because he munches on grass most of the day and the semi-aquatic animal requires daily dips in a pool or other body of water. (Check out some zoo dwelling capybaras, here.)

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