What kind of a pet is a capybara? How smart? And what kind of temperament?
When we questioned locals in Venezuela, they stated in no uncertain terms that capybaras are the dumbest animals on the planet. Our experience is quite the opposite. Caplin is at least as smart as a dog, although differently motivated. He won’t do anything if there isn’t something in it for him…In a single word, I would describe him as needy. He always wants to be with me and can “eep” loudly if he knows I am nearby but he can’t get to me.
What is it that you like so much about capybaras?
What I love most about Caplin is how much he loves me and how smart he is. I also love his noises. When people hear him they are always amazed. His voice is often mistaken for a birdsong. When he’s nervous he sounds like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. When he’s happy he sounds like a Geiger counter.
What about capybaras do you think would come as a surprise to someone who doesn’t have one as a pet?
People with some prior knowlege would be most surprised by what active and agile swimmers they are…Caplin is a very graceful in the water, more like an otter than a dog…I love to watch him play with his pool toys. He especially loves to swim through hoops.
Here’s Caplin surfing:
image credit: TamgotchiSuper
Capybaras LOVE the water. Swimming is one of their favorite hobbies in fact. Their feet are even webbed to help them keep up with their fish friends. They typically swim with just their nostrils, eyes, and ears exposed above the water but are able to survive up to five minutes underwater.Habitat: South America
Status: Least concern