Capybaras are back in a big way thanks to a crazy song on TikTok. The world’s largest rodent is now taking over the massive video-sharing app, TikTok. Thanks to a catchy new song about capybaras, users are clipping footage and images of the furry mammals into videos on the app. At the time of publication, it has sound used more than 384,000 times with the best videos with no fewer than 16 million views.
The song that started the trend is by a Russian artist and is simply called “capybarain Russian. It kind of sounds like a song from a children’s show. The lyrics read, “Ca-py-bara capybara capybara capybara capybara capybara.” It’s just a little earwig that’s super easy to sing to.
Native to South America, capybaras are the largest living rodent in the world encyclopedia Britannica says. The larger of the two types can weigh up to 176 pounds, but the smaller ones certainly make for some adorable TikToks. They are slow-moving mammals that hang around in the water in groups. Their cute brown fur and squinting eyes, combined with their seemingly easy going nature, have made these animals into the canon of super popular internet pets.
The capybara content, away from the typical forests and wetland environments, found a home on Tumblr, according to know your meme. In 2013, a Tumblr account started featuring various animals perched on top of capybaras, where viewers could view images of other cute animals such as monkeys or bunnies sleeping on top of the mammals. The animal’s popularity ebbed and flowed – at one point, footage from a BBC wildlife documentary became a popular reaction gif known as “shocked capybara”. Fast forward a few years to 2018 and Katsuhito Watanabe shared videos of the animals vibrating and take a yuzu bathwhich drove the animal to further popularity.
Now they are stealing the spotlight again. The trend is quite simple, people will use the capybara audio and other CapCut templates to share cute capybara videos and images. In this one you can see a capybara coming out of a watermelon after it’s been processed, wow!