Devoted pet owner stresses capybaras are not for everyone
Typaldos is probably unique in the way she has made the capybara her mission: She spends a couple of hours a day updating Caplin’s Internet presence on a blog and social networking sites.
When asked how much time it takes to care for a capybara, she says, “I spend all my time with him, but that’s a matter of choice.”
Caplin’s web activities are partly fun — such as interactive games of “Rodent Jeopardy” — with a serious educational purpose, too. “ When I was thinking of getting him, there was nothing on the web about getting a pet capybara,” says Typaldos. “ That was a large impetus for the blog. They’re not the right pet for most people.”
Typaldos has a background in biology, and also keeps horses and reptiles. Her property is big enough that Caplin can graze and swim, and she lives in a climate appropriate for a tropical animal.
On her blog, she’s honest about the problems in caring for a capybara. When people ask her about getting one, she tells them first to read her whole blog, including the entries about when he has bitten her.
But Typaldos also sees Caplin as an ambassador of sorts.
“People don’t like rodents,” she says, but many rodents make good pets. Her kids had pet rats when they were young. “If someone says something bad about rats, on the blog or Facebook, he’ll always step in and say something.” ——— Caplin Rous’ site: http://gianthamster.com/
Justin Damesta’s site: http://www.kapiyvaexotics.com/
Dobby’s blog: http://hippopotatomus.blogspot.com/
This photo released by Melanie Typaldos shows Typaldos and Caplin her pet capybara wearing his Halloween costume. The capybara, Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris, is a semi-aquatic rodent of South America. It weighs about 100 pounds and is about two feet tall at the shoulder.