Meet Harold the capybara

May 25, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — Harold the three-month-old capybara is settling into his new enclosure at Pine Meadow Alpaca farm.

Despite Harold's “mean side-eye,” Pine Meadow Alpaca farm educator Lauren  Paine said that he is very friendly.

“He’s kind of like a grumpy old man,” said Paine. “You meet him and he acts like he doesn't want anything to do with you but he has a big heart…he’s an old soul.”

Despite his tough exterior, Harold loves “any attention” especially belly scratches and his favorite snacks are sweet potatoes according to Paine.

Paine said that Harold came from a farm in Florida that has similar animals to Pine Meadows. 

“He was pretty much used to the noises we have on the farm and people,” said Paine. “It only took him two days before he started trying to climb into our laps.

According to Paine, the farm wanted to get a capybara to add to their education program— a program that introduces and teaches visitors about exotic animals. 

Paine said that capybaras are native to South America and are semi-aquatic animals— hence Harold's webbed feet. According to Paine, capybaras are large rodents and once fully grown Harlod will weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.

Since capybaras are known to be social animals, the farm plans to find Harold a friend in the near future.

“We are looking for a roommate, "said Paine. “Right now it’s just Harold, so he gets all the extra spoiling.”

Paine said that once they find another capybara to keep Harlod company, he will move to a bigger enclosure which will include an upgraded kiddie pool for him to  swim in. 

Harold can be visited through private tours at Pine Meadow Alpaca farm.