May 17, 2012 at 1:43 am

The Drewth on Capybaras

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Deep in the grassy marshlands of Central and South America lives an ancient beast of unspeakable furry significance to the world – the capybara.  It is the largest rodent in the world.  While for some this may produce images of giant rats or other vermin, the reality is quite the contrary.  Instead, think of an oversized guinea pig.  Now, what could be cuter?

At birth a capybara weighs approximately two pounds, and upon reaching adulthood at 15 months can weigh anywhere from 60 to 140 pounds.  The word capybara is actually Latin for “water pig,” because they are semi-aquatic.  They have webbed feet and can hold their breath underwater for about five minutes.
As long as I’m stating the facts, I suppose there is one crucial fact that cannot be ignored – capybaras are an endangered species.  Well, not quite – but they’re getting there.  Everyday these magnificent creatures – roaming the marshlands in dwindling numbers – are violently hunted down by “hunters,” or should I say poachers, for their meat and fur.  Even the Catholic Church is in on it – at Lent, it allows people to eat the meat of capybaras instead of fish!  The nerve!
Here at SPCC (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Capybaras), we strongly support any means of maintaining the rapidly dwindling capybara population in the wilds of Central and South America.  We work day and night to assure their safety, with capybara housing compounds being set up in numerous locations across the U.S. and those continents mentioned.  We cannot afford to sit idly by on the sidelines while thousands of innocent capybaras are slaughtered with each passing day.  Take action, visit your local SPCC center today, and sign up for any help you can manage!  Time is not a luxury we can afford – SAVE THE CAPYBARAS, before they’re all dead…and that’s the Drewth.
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