The Perfect Pet: A One Hundred-Pound Rodent
(Above: Caplin Rous.)
This post is dedicated to all of the readers who said they'd rather cuddle rodents than eat them. (Anyone who wouldn't mind giving them a nibble can skip this post and click here.)
Texan Melanie Typaldos knew she could never be satisfied with a hamster for a pet. No, Ms. Typaldos wanted all the rodent love she could get. So she adopted a South American capybara. Though the enormous beasts can weigh over a hundred pounds and are widely believed to be dumb as rocks, Ms. Typaldos insists they make perfect companions.
She claims her capybara, Caplin Rous, can perform more tricks than most dogs and likes to cuddle up on cold winter nights. He follows her around the house all day and sits in her lap nibbling treats until his bulk begins to cut off the circulation in her legs.
Aww. I never thought I'd say this, but he is kind of cute. Maybe I won't try that capybara chili after all.
Read a full interview with Melanie Typaldos (complete with photos and videos) here.
UPDATE 8-9-9: NEW VIDEO BELOW!