In the latest installment of the never-ending saga that is “puppies will play with anyone or anything,” we bring you JoeJoe saying hello to his little friends.
To the untrained eye, the question undoubtably is: What in the world is JoeJoe? Glad you asked. JoeJoe is a capybara, a large rodent of the genus hydrochoerus. In other words, he is the largest rodent on the planet — besides the Easter Bunny.
Capybaras are described as a very social animal, and we can see why as it patiently allows these ridiculously cute Husky pups to frolic about him. Keeping a capybara as a pet is apparently illegal in some states. Boy, are they missing out.
In this video clip, JoeJoe takes a paternal stance over a pair of pups as they play underneath him. Next, we see JoeJoe surrounded by four tiny pups, with one giving JoeJoe a friendly kiss. JoeJoe shows remarkable patience as the pups use him as a furry jungle gym … or maybe he’s just really sleepy. The pups are way too busy inundating us with cuteness overload to notice JoeJoe catching some well-earned nap time.
In the final moments, the puppies learn a life lesson: Don’t give a capybara a mani or pedi unless you have permission first!
This is not Dogster’s first look at a capybara and some cute little pups. Here’s a flashback to 2013 and a capybara named Cheesecake and her puppy friends.
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About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top).