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MOM & ME
Meet Caplin Rous, a large, domesticated rodent known as a capybara. “He’s very needy but I love him to death,” says owner Melanie Typaldos, who adopted the pet from a breeder two and a half years ago when he was just 11 days old. “He loves to lick my face and forehead and just follow me around everywhere.”
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With the seat down – giving him extra room to sit – Caplin enjoys a car ride, complete with a cozy blanket and hay! Typaldos says the critter loves going to public places, and can “tolerate anything.”
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WET & WILD
These semi-aquatic creature usually live in forested areas near water, so they’re able to take regular dips. While Caplin may not be out in the wild, he certainly appears to enjoy his supervised swims!
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HOT TO TROT
Coming through! The 100-lb. capybara munches on grass most of the day (the creatures are herbivores) to maintain his figure. Thankfully, Typaldos and her husband live in rural Texas, where they’re surrounded by clean grass.
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Typaldos has an outdoor pool and an oversized tub to satisfy her pet’s need to swim. She says he loves the water, where he dunks his toys and sticks his head through an inner tube.
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Caplin dwarfs guinea pig Neptune, who belongs to Typaldos’s daughter, Coral. Capybaras can grow up to 4 ft. in length – basically the size of a child!
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MEET & GREET
Typaldos often takes Caplin to schools to teach children about wildlife. “People hear the word rodent and they think it’s some kind of a dirty word,” she says. “But many of them are very smart, clean, loving animals.”
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OK so capybaras can’t read, but this picture is pretty cute! “He’s so smart and I absolutely just love him,” Typaldos says. “Being with him is just a lot of fun.”