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Are Capybara even remotely interesting?
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Total Votes : 19

Mulvil
154070.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:01 am Reply with quote

I thought I'd give this little fella a mention.

Capybara are the worlds largest rodents and adults can reach more than 4 foot long and 50 centimeters tall.

They are social and live in groups.

They are found throughout South America.

They can dive and remain under water for about 5 minutes.

They are herbivores and eat vegetation (sometimes damaging crops).

Their name translates as "water hog/pig"

They are a source of food and are often hunted and/or farmed for food.

They are also hunted for leather.

The Roman Catholic Church allows the eating of Capybara meat during lent (its traditional to abstain from meat every friday during lent)

 
Hummingbird
154264.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:58 am Reply with quote

I find them enchanting. They have some at our local wildlife park.

I used to keep guinea pigs and they are rather like a giant piggie.

 
Mulvil
154269.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:04 pm Reply with quote

Thats what I always see them as, giant guinea pigs

 
gerontius grumpus
154359.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:24 pm Reply with quote

They are farmed for their meat in Romania.

 
Tora
206824.  Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:31 pm Reply with quote

And they sure are ugly things. :D

Ok, seriously now, they belong to the cavie (cavy? something along those lines) family, same as guinea pigs (which is probably why they remind you of them, hummingbird. I used to have guiniea pigs too!).

 
ali
206827.  Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:38 pm Reply with quote

Mulvil wrote:
The Roman Catholic Church allows the eating of Capybara meat during lent (its traditional to abstain from meat every friday during lent)


Isn't it officially a fish, or something?

 
Dangerous Hamster
207706.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:23 am Reply with quote

In October the Capybara is coming off the Dangerous Wild Animals list therefore you can keep one in your back garden without the need of a licence....

Its also in the diet of the Anaconda taking a whopping 3 hrs+ to swallow...

 
96aelw
207716.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:36 am Reply with quote

ali wrote:
Mulvil wrote:
The Roman Catholic Church allows the eating of Capybara meat during lent (its traditional to abstain from meat every friday during lent)


Isn't it officially a fish, or something?


I imagine that would be the loophole. As it at least used to be for Barnacle Geese. post 2540.

 
Knowledge
257523.  Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:46 am Reply with quote

Capybaras are my favourite animal. I find them cute and interesting. :D

 
CB27
257935.  Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:06 pm Reply with quote

Sorry to offend anyone, but they are also quite tasty, with a slightly sweetish taste.

As for Guinea Pigs, I also sadly admit to eating them when I was in Peru (very popular there), but can't remember how they tasted.

 
Lumpo31
258135.  Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:25 am Reply with quote

CB27 wrote:
As for Guinea Pigs, I also sadly admit to eating them when I was in Peru (very popular there), but can't remember how they tasted.


Likely not too dissimilar to capybara!

 
Rai Lord
402503.  Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:52 am Reply with quote

guinea pig in peru is called cuy, and is very tasty. now relating it to the size of a capybara, that would be something up Obelix's avenue right there!

 
fairyteaparty
660822.  Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:13 pm Reply with quote

96aelw wrote:
ali wrote:
Mulvil wrote:
The Roman Catholic Church allows the eating of Capybara meat during lent (its traditional to abstain from meat every friday during lent)


Isn't it officially a fish, or something?


I imagine that would be the loophole. As it at least used to be for Barnacle Geese. post 2540.



In parts of South America, Capibara are sold as fish, usually dried. But I hear they are tastier cooked like stakes...

 
Spud McLaren
660843.  Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:43 pm Reply with quote

I can't decide which is my favourite animal, the capybara or the Poitou donkey.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Baudet_du_Poitou.jpg

The chap in the pic is not specially chosen for his small stature.

 

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