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Capybaras take over manhattan

Capybaras take over manhattan

Do you think Mina and Celeste would kill me if I stole a capybara from Venezuela? Probably not, but I'd likely have a problem with customs. Well, Celeste might kill me. And the capybara.

I have dreams of having a capybara because they would make the perfect vegan companion animal. Which gets me into trouble with hard-core animal rights activists who are all NO COMPANION ANIMAL FOR YOU. But how can you look at that picture of the lounging capybara and not want to see that awesome animal outside your kitchen window? You cannot.

Capybaras are snuggable and hefty - 100 lbs. They are the world's largest rodent and are hard-core. They are biddable and trainable. They adore swimming like woah, which I can forgive them for. They chatter like a guinea pig, which I find quite endearing. AND THEY ARE VEGAN.

My dogs may like broccoli with hummus but they do not like like broccoli with hummus. They are more  meat and potatoes, minus the potatoes, sort of ladies. Which makes my choice of veganism all the more difficult and frustrating - I choose to select who is more important, Mina or the nameless lamb. And I pick Mina. Talk about wishy-washy ethics, I know. If I was a good vegan, I wouldn't have omnivorous/carnivorous mammals as companions. But I've had rabbits and guinea pigs and you cannot take them on walks like a dog, or let them off leash, or snuggle them like a 40 lb dog. I love rabbits, but they are not as engaging as dogs for me. Guinea pigs are awesome and I adored the two I had for four years in college, which is why an oversized guinea pig, aka capybara, would be so fantabulous.

If I ever go to Venzuela, I will have to remember not to go during Lent. I have no desire to be the crazy American who cries bloody murder when people start killing these adorable, loveable animals and eating them. Unbeknownst to you and me, capybaras are actually fish because they are semi-aquatic and thus are acceptable to eat during the Catholic observation of Lent. Oh, those silly Catholics (much love to you Catholics, your educational system helped me get my learn on before college).

In conclusion: It would be awesome to have a capybara snuggling with Mina and getting glared at by Celeste.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
I really want a Capybara friend.
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I know, me too!
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Are they legal to own as pets in the US? They're certainly interesting. Around here we have nutria, which are not so adorable.
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
They are legal in a few states, like Arkansas and Texas. I don't know that they are specifically outlawed in other states or if they fall under general fish and game "prohibited mammals" code.

Of course the only way I'd ever get one is if a neglected, abandoned one ended up in my neck of the woods. *sigh*
Nov. 4th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I looove capybaras, but I did not know that people ATE them! Ack!!!! A mammal is not a fish!
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Catholic religious dogma as it pertains to Lent = WEIRD.
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
I too desperately want Capybaras.

Which gets me into trouble with hard-core animal rights activists who are all NO COMPANION ANIMAL FOR YOU.

I don't find that at all, and I hang out with a lot of hard-core AR activists (although admittedly in a different country). The trick is to always get your pets ahem companion animals from a situation in which they're not 100% ecstatic all the time, and then say you've got rescue animals. (It's even better when it's true! As I know it is with your dogs and with our guinea pigs, although sadly not with our alpacas.)
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Abolitionists would certainly feel put-off by the sentiment, but I know very few true abolitionists (i.e. they live by their own strict set of beliefs).

Also, capybaras are not fat! They are rock solid, muscular awesome animals. Which is why guinea pigs should be all honored that I called them oversized guinea pigs.
Nov. 5th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Abolitionists would certainly feel put-off by the sentiment

I'm pleased to say that's not the case with the abolitionists I know here, and I know lots, from casual activists to Peter Singer to the egg factory raiders. They're all completely fine with companion animals. I wonder whether this is a national difference or more random than that.
Nov. 5th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
P.S. I know capybaras are not fat. Always insert smileys into what I say, if in doubt. :-)
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
an oversized guinea pig, aka capybara

Are you calling us FAT, ho?
Nov. 23rd, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
I had to show this entry to my wife today, because it is so awesome.

The best LJ entries live on forever! Or at least for 3 weeks.
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