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Capybara love on 'My Crazy Obsession'

Brittney Elkins

A capybara named Gary was the highlight of TLC's 'My Crazy Obsession' this week.

Happiness is a warm capybara.

A capybara named Gary was the focus of the season finale of My Crazy Obsession on TLC.

What’s a capybara? It’s a huge rodent, the world’s largest in fact, that looks like a three-way cross between an otter, a hamster, and a medium-to-large dog.

A capybara can range from 75 to 100 pounds, and Melanie Typaldos is obsessed with one in particular.

Melanie admits to spending more than 80 percent of her time with her capybara Gary. Melanie went so far as to bring an animal medium in to help her communicate more directly with her beloved capybara, and the episode ended with Melanie and Gary sitting on the bed watching television together.

“It is not crazy to be obsessed with capybaras. To know us is to be obsessed with us. You can quote me on that,” Gary the capybara, ahem, blogged recently.

Yes, Gary the capybara has his own blog and it is written from his point of view. Perhaps it is not entirely crazy to be obsessed with a pet. Who wouldn’t be obsessed with a pet that has so much Web savvy?

TLC’s My Crazy Obsession has aired much more bizarre fixations than capybara love. From a couple who is addicted to vacuums and washing machines, to a small community of very proud parents…. of Cabbage Patch Dolls. One man even preferred to hang out with his mannequin collection rather than real human beings.

While most of us may think these are the types of obsessions one should keep to themselves, My Crazy Obsession is all about letting your freak flag fly all over cable TV.

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