Did you know? The capybara is the world’s largest rodent

My coworkers do crossword puzzles every day at lunch time… one of the last answers I heard shouted aloud was attributed to capybaras… After watching that Turing movie all about crosswords, it kinda got me to thinkin’ about these lovable little *ahem* big guys. The Capybara!

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The first time I “encountered” one in the “wild” was through this game called The Amazon Trail. If you haven’t played this game, then maybe you had too much time on your hands as a kid? This game was awesome, by the way! The premise being educational, you took a trip through the Amazon, did some math on an abacus and took photos of purple eggplant sagging heavy dripping off trees and if you’re lucky enough to capture a photo of a capybara scampering between the brush in the jungle, it was like Christmas for my 10-year-old little brain plugging away at our first computer circa 2001.

capybara

Now, that we’re all thinking about capybara’s, check out this post from Bored Panda featuring a ton of photos of these large rodents playing well with other animals. It’s almost too much to bear.

Why Do Animals Like Capybaras So Much? (18+ Pics)

Factoids:

  • Capybaras are able to stay submerged underwater for up to 5 minutes.
  • Capybaras live in small groups of up to twenty.
  • Capybaras are known for making a variety of vocal noises to communicate. They often squeal, whistle, grunt, bark and purr.
  • Capybaras mate only in the water.
  • Capybaras got their name from the Tupi language from Brazil. Their literal translation means “one who eats slender leaves”.
  • Capybaras are from about 39 to 51 inches (100 to 130 centimeters) long and about 20 inches (50 cm) tall from foot to shoulder. They tend to weigh 60 to 174 lbs. (27 to 79 kilograms), depending on gender. Females are usually a little larger than males.

Sources:

  1. Tropical Rain Forest Animal Facts
  2. Capybara Facts
  3. Live Science
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