You Can Call Me Cuddles
My ears are small.
My nose is wide.
I have squinty eyes,
big webbed toes,
and wiry-bristled sides.
My cousin is a guinea pig,
but I'm MUCH bigger than he.
My body's like a barrel.
There's no bigger rodent than me!
I lay around on the ground
and eat lots of grass and fruit.
and though YOU may not think I'm cute,
the Mrs. thinks I am.
In fact she's in love with me.
She calls me her Old Whiskery Ham,
and I call her my Dear Sweet Pea.
When I saw this Capybara at the zoo, I recoiled a little, shuddering and thinking about how much it seemed like a giant rat. Right after I snapped the picture above, a little girl who was maybe four or five years old came up, saw the animal, and squealed, "Oh, he's sooo CUTE! I wish I could have him as a pet!" Her mother and I exchanged amused glances. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.