We love our furry friends here at The Great Beyond, this week we wanted to learn all things Capybara! The largest rodent in the world whose ancestors are the Guinea Pig and the Rabbit. With an extremely friendly nature and an endless love towards other animals, we thought this would be the perfect furry friend to kick off our list! So let’s make friends with a Capybara.
Fact 1 – A family friend
They are a family oriented animal, they live in groups of 10 – 20
Fact 2 – That’s a lot of grass!
They eat up to 3 kgs of grass a day! This friendly herbivore also enjoys not only dry grass but aquatic plants also
Fact 3 – Let’s go for a dive
The Capybara loves to swim, in their native home of South America these semi-aquatic animals can be found in rain forests near ponds, rivers and lakes.
Fact 4 – Not so old!
These furry aquatic friends can live up to 8 – 10 years or up to 14 years in captivity
Fact 5 – Can you hear me?
The Capybara talks quite softly at times using a variation of whimpers, click noises, purring and the occasional bark!
Fact 6 – Once a mother, always a mother
In their family groups, any female Capybara will care for any young in the group for up to 16 weeks. They are event known to foster puppies, ducks and cats when in cpativity
Fact 7 – Is that dessert?
It’s a tad odd but these large rodents tend to eat their poop, it’s called coprophagia! It helps them digest their food better but maybe we can skip that part of dinner? But don’t worry they still enjoy a lot of fruits!