In some countries (understand: especially the one where I currently live), capybaras are considered as some of the cutest animals on Earth.

Personally, while I don’t find them horrible, I have trouble forgetting that they are giant rodents (and as such, just one step away from giant rats, which would be my biggest fear – yes, I have a phobia of rats, a real one, i.e. an irrational and uncontrollable fear of rats).




However, once in a while, cuteness wins, like with this baby capybara:




About David Billa

David was born and raised in the French South West. After a few years in the US and a few more in Paris, he finally settled down in Japan. He blogs here about his various experiences and travels, with an emphasis on his home country, France.

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4 thoughts on “Capybaras

  • Steph

    They’re in the same family as ragondins (coypus), a lake owner’s nightmare because of the burrowing damage they do to banks. At a distance they look slightly cute, but up close they’re just giant rats with orange teeth, and they’re bad tempered too. The rat family doesn’t have a lot going for it.

    • David

      I have the same feeling about ragondins (but I don’t own a lake). I kinda like, but kinda not. My cousin had one as a pet for a while and it was very sweet and fun though.
      And I disagree, they’re not rat, I’d be scared of them if they were.

    • David Post author

      Yes, it’s true, they look more like guinea pigs, but I still can’t brush off completely the small rat vibe that they give out.