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Different states have different regulations regarding exotic pets, so check before bringing home something unusual. It's also important to be aware that animals other than cats and dogs will have other needs than cats and dogs.
The Capybara is the largest rodent in the world, and can weigh up to 140 lbs. They can be found in many zoos and parks, and live up to 12 years in captivity. They are allegedly gentle, but very fast. They probably wouldn't be suitable as a house pet, but CBS News have them on their list of unusual pets.
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Their teeth grow continuously, and they need a way to grind them down. Their temperature must be carefully regulated; they lack the ability to sweat and will overheat and suffer heat strokes if it's too warm.
They eat and drink very little, and should only be fed timothy hay. Fruits, nuts, and vegetables should be avoided.
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If you're interested in having a Wallaroo, this link leads to a good list of things to consider.
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They bond with a family and can be affectionate and curious pets, but they're also independent, more so than a cat. They need lots of interaction. They're also extremely fast, and can escape almost everything - even a harness.