Barring Capybaras: 7 Reasons Why Giant Hamsters Aren’t for Everyone

Photo by: Capybara Madness
Capybaras are semi-aquatic mammals.
"Do you have the facilities required to keep a capy healthy and happy?" said Ms. Typaldos. "Capybaras like to swim year round and if it ... more 
Photo by: Capybara Madness
Capybaras are semi-aquatic mammals.
"Do you have the facilities required to keep a capy healthy and happy?" said Ms. Typaldos. "Capybaras like to swim year round and if it gets cold where you live, this might be a real obstacle. Not to mention that you need to have enough land for a good sized swimming area. Average pools usually won't cut it."
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Most people probably shouldn't have pet capybaras. Native to South America and closely related to guinea pigs, capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, weighing in at over 100 lbs and present unique challenges as pets. After the sudden, unexplained death of her capybara, Melanie Typaldos I started the ROUS Foundation for Capybara Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. "I wanted to make sure that the next person to contemplate a pet capybara would have a better idea of what they were getting into than I did." While Ms. Typaldos and many others wouldn't trade their cappies for anything, these exotic pets come with lots of unique challenges. Click through for 7 reasons why giant hamsters aren't for everyone! -By Joslyn Gray



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