Melanie Typaldos, 57, shares her home in the state ofÂ TexasÂ with her highly adorable pet Gary – the world’s largest rodent.
The computer programmer and her 54-year-old husband Richard even let the giant guinea pig – also known as a capybara – sleep in their bed.
The Sun reports, that the two fell in love with the South American mammals during a holiday to Venezuela, and adopted Gary from an owner who refused to take care of him.
Gary has quickly become part of the family. As his owners say, the capybara most of all enjoys swimming in the swimming pool, which was built only to remind the pet of his natural habitat.
Melanie says: “Although some people might find it strange, itâ€™s really no different than having aÂ dog or a cat.Â Gary is really very smart and heâ€™s very affectionate.”
The labrador-sized animal often entertains the family with tricks.
Melanie says: “He learns tricks very quickly – faster than your typical dog would. He knows how to shake, how to turn in a circle, how to stand up on his hind legs and how to jump up on things on command.”
Gary lives happily among the family’s menagerie of animals, including a horse, rabbits, tortoises, dogs and a cat.
Melanie admits: “He does sometimes get angry with the tortoises because he thinks they invade his space and there is nothing he can do about it.”
Melanie even takes he favourite pet, who lives on a diet of grass, out to local schools to educate them about theÂ natural world.
She says: “Most people don’t know what a capybara is but as soon as they see him, they want to come pet him and feed him treats. He loves the attention.”
Today nobody will be surprised to learn such stories. While some prefer to take care of rodents, there’re those who keen on snakes.
A video of a giant yellow snakeÂ successfully opening a door was uploaded to Vimeo two years ago and only now it has become an internet hit.
The home video shows â€śJuliusâ€ť, a 16-foot female albino burmese python bursting through a closed door and crashing onto the floor, reportsÂ The Telegraph.
The snakeâ€™s owner, Jenner, says when his pet is tired of being in a dark room, â€śshe flips on the light, opens the door and bails.â€ť
â€śThis is why we keep doors locked with her around. We donâ€™t need her harassing the neighbours,â€ť she adds.
One more story tells us about a man who builtÂ a massive, floor-to-ceiling palace out of 40 cardboard boxes to cheer up his cat.
AsÂ The Huffington PostÂ explains, orange cat Rufus had earlier suffered a bad ear infection, which can be treated only by the administering of very painful ear drops.
Upon completion of the aggravating regimen, his owner Billy decided that he ought to do something to win back the affection of the disgruntled feline, who had taken to hiding whenever his owner returned home.
â€śI wanted to make it up to him,â€ť Browne explains in the clip. Rufus, he says, enjoys playing in boxes, and so Browne embarked on a mission to construct the best possible playground for the sad cat.
The video shows the tower as Billy builds it, and the sped-up footage is starring a wary Rufus â€śsupervisingâ€ť while a somewhat mournful indie-rock tune plays.