My Wild Animal Pet: Largest Rodent In The World

Melanie and Rick Typaldos share their home with a rather unusual pet — a rodent the
size of dog. 00:14
This is Gary the capybara — the world’s largest rodent, more commonly found in the swamps
of Venezuela. 00:21
But despite his appearance, Melanie loves nothing more than walking, swimming and even
sleeping with Gary. 00:34
I got a capybara because I was down in Venezuela and I saw capybaras in the wild and I found
them to be both very cute and surprisingly approachable for a wild animal. 00:45
I couldn’t find anybody who kept a pet capybara, but I did find that there was a breeder in
Arkansas and through her I was able to get a baby capybara and once I saw him, I just
though, ‘Aw, he’s so cute. I have to bring him home. 00:57
And it wasn’t long before Gary became part of the family at the couple’s home in Buda,
Texas. 01:02
I love it when Garry sleeps in the bed with me but he doesn’t do that all the time. In
the summer he normally sleeps in one of his numerous dog beds, he’s maybe a little bit
spoilt. 01:15
Melanie has even introduced Gary to her other animals 01:19
We have quite a few animals here, we have a couple of rabbits, we have a couple of tortoises,
we have three chickens and I also have horses. He gets along with most of the animals pretty
well. He does chase the rabbits a little bit but it’s just for fun, he doesn’t really wanna
hurt them. 01:33
And just like a dog, Melanie has taught Gary new tricks 01:38
I think capybaras are at least as intelligent as dogs and I think that they are probably
more intelligent. 01:48
But Gary’s favourite pastime is swimming with Melanie in her back yard pool. 01:53
A capybara has to have some place to swim, so we have an aboveground pool that he uses. 01:59
And after a hard day of playing it’s time for a little cool off 02:03
The best thing about having Garry as a pet is just his personality. 02:11
A lot of people initially mistake him as a dog and then they’re very taken back when
they see he’s not a dog 02:17
They wanna pet him, they wanna feed him treats, they wanna listen to his little voice 02:23
I guess it’s the same thing people see in having a dog or a cat,

100 thoughts on “My Wild Animal Pet: Largest Rodent In The World

  1. it's funny how every 5 or 10 yrs.or so, someone owns an outrageous wild animal, but i'm here to let you know people, they're called WILD ANIMALS for a reason, what, has dogs or cats suddenly become so boring that you have to go and get some ol' nasty ass,dirty, swore dwelling, shit eating, garbage picking, R-O-D-E-N-T, damn!, what'll people think of next?

  2. Nah, they won't bite. They're just big guinea pigs. The gross part, however, is that they need water in order to go to the bathroom, so this woman is swimming in a sewer while she loves on her pet. NO thanks…I'll pass on that swim!

  3. Capybaras are extremely gentle.. there are writings about the first explorers walking up to them in the wild and just picking them up.  They are also vegetarians so chances are they aren't going to bite unless scared.

  4. when you let animal roaming your house freely, you downgrading your hygiene level to an animal. superior beings and inferior being cant living in a same spot, tha'ts it.

  5. awwww i love Gary!!!!! wish i could have one of these guys don't have them in australia though! but I'm sure you would love to do a video on my fur babies, very unique please check them out 🙂 click my name for my youtube channel 

  6. Capibaras(here in Brazil we call CAPIVARA). Have the biggest brain of all rodents family. They are very inteligent and sociable. Beacuse they lives in packs. Just be careful with wild capybaras. Calm down. they do not attack. they are be infested with ticks and fleas.

  7. i love you for taking this amazing baby in and the 42 who said thumbs down well ………….they are just not nice 🙂

  8. That's another cute animal I can't own as a pet, because I live in New Jersey. You're allowed to grow smoke stacks here, but you can't have an exotic pet. Fucking Jersey!

  9. amazing animal! A massive noble-looking, swimming guinea pig. I wonder if he makes that funny guinea pig squeal noise, only louder?

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