What I Am Not: A Fish

Me swimming like a fish

Of all the things I have been confused with, a fish must be the craziest. I am bringing this up now because it is almost Easter. This is a very bad time for wild capybaras and it is all because of us being confused with fish. Before we get into why, let me just go over some of our similarities and differences.

Some ways we are different:

  • Fish have scales, capybaras have fur
  • Fish breath with gills, capybaras have beautiful noses
  • Fish breath water, capybaras breath air
  • Fish have fins, capybaras have legs
  • Fish are exothermic (cold-blooded), capybaras are endothermic (warm-blooded)
  • Fish don’t have eyelids, capybaras have eyelids with beautiful lashes
  • Fish come in all kinds of crazy colors, capybaras, like almost all mammals, are a shade of brown
  • Fish don’t have ears, capybaras have very cute ears that we wiggle when happy

Some ways we are similar:

  • Fish and capybaras both swim underwater
  • Fish and capybaras are both vertebrates (have backbones)
  • Some fish and all capybaras have teeth

To be honest, there aren’t many similarities and I really skimped on the differences. To me, it is virtually impossible to confuse a capybara with a fish, but it has been done.

In fact, the confusion started in the 16th century when a group of monks convinced the “infallible” pope, that capybaras were fish just so their new converts could eat us during lent. For those of you who don’t know, there used to be a restriction against eating meat during lent, which is the 40 days leading up to Easter.  Since the converts weren’t going to follow this restriction anyway, the monks thought it would be better if the pope condoned it rather than having all of their new parishioners breaking the faith.

Venezuelans still eat lots of capybaras during lent and this makes me very, very sad.

6 comments to What I Am Not: A Fish

  • Dawn

    Cappy,
    You are so cute when you swim…you look like a baby seal.

    We love you!!!!

    Go Cappy!
    (Approved 2010/04/27)

  • Let’s see. Somebody rises from the dead. Capys turn into fish. It makes no sense to me! (Approved 2010/04/27)

  • Caplins are fishes but not u! U and Capybaras arnt fishes!
    It is like i said to u on facebook! What a crazy mistake! and u should know that vatican government never rectified this mistake! (Approved 2010/04/27)

  • Cheryl

    I would also add that fish can not eep! (I finally watched the eeping video and it was beyond cute! I wasn’t expecting such a tiny noise from such a big capybara) (Approved 2010/04/27)

  • Martin

    The crazy Catholics declared the Beaver to be a fish as well, so they could eat him during lent
    And let’s not even get started on what they do with little boys… (Approved 2010/04/27)

  • cc

    I love it when you are swimming. So cute and you look like it is the most fun thing to do besides roll in the mud. (Approved: 2010?05/31)

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