It is Sepia Saturday on the Bayou. This is a fun blog hop with many great sepia photos and is hosted by Ruckus the Eskie.
This is Mia the capybara and she attended the 2014 BlogPaws conference. Blogpaws made a donation to the ROUSFoundation. ROUS stands for Rodents of Unusual Size and the capybara certainly falls into that category. They are indigenous to much of South America and have the distinction of being the world’s largest rodent. It is a close relative to the chinchilla and guinea pig. Its heavy body is shaped like a barrel with a short solid head and reddish/golden brown fur. When they reach maturity, they can be up to 4 feet in length and weigh as much as 140 pounds. They have webbed feet and only 20 teeth. Capybaras eat mainly by grazing on grasses and aquatic plants, fruits, and tree bark. An adult can consume up to eight pounds of grass each day.
Capybaras are increasingly kept as unique pets and this can lead to many unwanted in captivity. They are gentle, friendly animals and have even been used as a seeing guide animal for the blind. Before you rush out to get your own capybara, give ownership some serious thought. Just as any wild animal that people try to domesticate, the animal can become aggressive. They need a lot of room and attention. They are definitely not for everyone. As for my house, we will stick with dogs.
If you are interested in learning more about the capybara, you can read Melanie Typaldos’ blog, Capybara Madness http://www.gianthamster.com
Sources: Capybara Madness at http://www.gianthamster.com
FactZoo at http://www.factzoo.com
*I wanted to make a clarification from Tuesday’s post concerning the incredible PetSmartCharities, Inc. http://www.mkclinton.com/2014/05/where-can-i-adopt-pet.html The amount of animals saved by being adopted is listed it as 400,000. The nonprofit actually saves over 400,000 cats and dogs EVERY YEAR (or more than 5 million to date) through their in-store adoption programs. Way to be awesome PetSmart Charities!!
**Bravo! has issued a recall on select dog and cat food due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. You can read everything that you need to know including who you should contact and how to get a refund or credit at the Pet 360 Safety Center. http://www.pet360.com/dog/alerts-and-recalls/bravo-recalls-select-dog-and-cat-foods
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