Down the Rabbit Hole to visit with a Capybara

The infinite YouTube Rabbit Hole collection led me on yet another trip into the weird and wonderful world of the animal kingdom the other day, and I’m still shaking my head in disbelief.

Long long ago when I must have been a kid absorbed in The World Book Encyclopedia, I came across my first look at the creature known as a Capybara. I remembered the name vaguely from way back, so I was curious recently and I decided to watch a video featuring, yes, a pet Capybara.

Doing a little research, I learned with astonishment that the Capybara is the world’s largest rodent, and that it can grow up to four feet and weigh as much as 200 oounds. It is widely found in forest and waterways throughout South America, and is hunted for its fur and meat. Its the favorire food of pythons. It is gentle and meek, eats only plants, and is an excellent swimmer. But what a face and head it has, and what an odd body! It doesnt really look like a giant rat, but you can see the resemblance.

As we all know, people will make a pet out of just about any creature they can, whether it flies, swims, burrows in the ground, or walks the earth. Also, they will invariably want to feature their special pet on YouTube. And, as often as not, the video will co-star the sweetest dog you have ever seen with another animal you’d never expect them to get along with.

Here’s to a Capybara’s best friend:

All you want to know about Capybaras in Wikipedia:

 

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4 weeks ago

They are so cute!