feb 18 2010

Series : Animals I’d Like To Meet

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This is Caplin Rous, a capybara that lives as a pet with his family in Texas. Caplin is a capybara (Norwegian : Flodsvin). Capybaras live in most of South America, whilst Caplin comes from a farm in the US that breeds capybaras. I’m not sure what I think about keeping capybaras as pets, I’m generally against keeping wild animals as pets, but from reading Caplin’s blog it seems like he’s quite happy! Capybaras are very social animals that communicate with peeps and chirps, similar to Guinea pigs, which they are related to.

I’ve actually met a capybara before, in a zoo. It was very friendly, it came over to the fence and when I scratched his head he closed his eyes and stood still for the whole time I petted him.

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2 Responses to “Series : Animals I’d Like To Meet”

  1. Susanneon 19 feb 2010 at 00:08

    what do you think about these guys? http://www.umb.no/iha/artikkel/fistelkuene-med-hull-i-magen
    I’m not quite decided in my opinion myself.
    1)either the’re really in pain and the whole thing is despicable
    2) they’re NOT in pain and they’re in fact quite happy whilst serving science AND MANKIND. (never forget MANKIND)

  2. Christianeon 20 feb 2010 at 02:20

    Well, from the article they seem quite content and lead normal cow lives (if they’re happy is a different matter). Since they’re able to give birth to and nurse their young I’d say they’re not too stressed out about the hole in their stomach. Cows are sensitive to stress (as most animals are) and wouldn’t make good test subjects if they’d been too stressed.

    The first fistel cows were «made» several years ago and still produce valuable scientific material, so I have no doubt that they’re serving science (and mankind). I’ve done a course in ethics & research animals; Norwegian laws are pretty strict regarding the amount of pain an animal is «allowed» to suffer under an experiment. As mentioned in the article the cows get continual medical and hygienic attention, and because they’re somewhat popular and under medias attention, I can’t imagine that they suffer in any way. Animal testing is controversial topic (and will always be, which is a good thing!) and the University of Ås can’t afford to be labeled as an unprofessional institution that’s cruel to animals.

    I hope that answered some of your questions!

    On a different note I’d wish milkcows could roam outdoors all year round instead of being kept inside a dark stable 10 out of 12 months of the year, but that’s a completely different discussion.

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