Old  August 18th, 2011, 9:56am     #1
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A mysterious rodent turns up
Nothing better than a writer with a sense of humor. The whole tone of this story is great but the final paragraph in this story made my LOL.

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.Yoo-hoo! Anybody missing a jumbo rodent? In Paso Robles, California, a giant South American rodent was spotted lurking around a wastewater-treatment facility before disappearing back into the surrounding area. The news unleashed a flurry of searches on the furry creature. The video available here and photos below are courtesy of Kion46/Fox35, where you can read more about the elusive creature.

Witnesses estimate the creature, called a capybara, weighs at least 100 pounds. According to an article from Reuters, the capybara has the dubious honor of being the world's largest rodent. This is the third sighting in three years. Experts believe it is the same creature.


California is a long way from South America, so how did this king-size creature get to the Golden State? The most likely explanation, according to Todd Tognazzini of the California Department of Fish and Game, is that the big beast is an escaped pet. The capybara, which resembles a huge guinea pig, eats vegetation and, despite its intimidating size, is not considered dangerous. It's also kind of cute.

News of the odd animal's appearance sparked a flurry of searches on the Web. Over the past 24 hours, online interest in the animal surged an astounding 9,553%. Related lookups on "capybara pets" also spiked. According to Tognazzini, people have been known to keep the rodents as pets. "The Internet is fraught with examples of people scratching them on the belly and thinking they're cute and making pets of them," he said.

But don't go thinking these things are easy to care for. You need a special permit to have one in California. We imagine it's also a good idea to buy a collar with a nametag. You know, just in case the creature wanders over to a wastewater facility, freaks people out, and causes an online uproar.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/...225740879.html

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  Old  August 18th, 2011, 10:05am     #2
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OK, had to Google capybara pets just like the article said. Wow, they are huge and kind of cute.






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  Old  August 18th, 2011, 10:36am     #3
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My first thought:

Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
[Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him]
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  Old  August 18th, 2011, 1:45pm     #4
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My first thought:

Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
[Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him]
LOL!


We saw one of these once, a guy selling art at a county fair had one as a pet and it traveled with him. It seemed nice enough, you could pet it. It was a little freaky to see a "rat" so big though.
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My first thought:

Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
[Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him]
I love that movie LOL. Who knows, if the poor thing is eating and drinking around a waste water treatment plant maybe it will end up looking like this


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Escape can = Invasive Species troubles :-(
Have been around a couple pet Capy's over the years and while they ARE cute in a giant guinea pig on mega-steroids sort of way, they really did not seem like a pet for your average home as they can be messy, can smell kinda funky, and can REALLY chew homes up if not watched carefully. From what I saw, they liked electric cords more than pet rabbits even!

I've photographed a lot of exotic animals in my work as a pro photographer working for the pet publishing industry, so I love cool animals and do "get" the attraction people have for them, but sadly, sometimes people don't consider the risks associated with exotic animals for pets, one of the big risks often being escape or release.

Saw a show about how they also have potential to be a very destructive pest as an invasive species if they escape or are let go by pet owners as they can eat a lot of crops on the loose.

Same show also featured an invasive species already a big problem in southern US, the Nutria is another big 'ol rat-looking critter. Saw them wild in the swamps of SW LA years ago, but saw a tv show recently that showed they had spread in the US considerably and it talked about how the big fear was that they (Nutria) could eventually end up in urban cities like NY where they would thrive. Seems they are already as far north as Maryland...
http://www.chesapeakebay.net/nutria.aspx?menuitem=16941

If you don't think exotic pets can take over an ecosystem, go on down to south FL and see the big iguanas on a gulf coast island, or the big python/boa snakes in the everglades that are such a problem they are being hunted.

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  Old  August 18th, 2011, 11:18pm     #7
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I have always thought that capybara are cute, but they belong out in the wild, not as someone's pet.

Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.


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  Old  August 26th, 2011, 7:18am     #8
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I love that movie LOL. Who knows, if the poor thing is eating and drinking around a waste water treatment plant maybe it will end up looking like this

LMAO at the pic!
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  Old  August 26th, 2011, 6:34pm     #9
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Lol. Totally funny.
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