Making friends with a Capybara

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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.

Capybara Wallpaper Source: Animals Town
Capybara Wallpaper Source: Animals Town

Fact 1 – A family friend

They are a family oriented animal, they live in groups of 10 – 20

Capybara Family Source: Altina Wildlife
Capybara Family Source: Altina Wildlife

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

ca. 1995, Brazil --- Capybara Eating Grass --- Image by © Tom Brakefield/CORBIS
ca. 1995, Brazil — Capybara Eating Grass — Image by © Tom Brakefield/CORBIS

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.

Capybara family in Brazil - Source: Glogster
Capybara family in Brazil – Source: Glogster

Fact 4 – Not so old!

These furry aquatic friends can live up to 8 – 10 years or up to 14 years in captivity

Just having a read - Source: Metro News
Just having a read – Source: Metro News

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

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest

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!

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest
Sources list:
http://www.animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/capybara/
http://capybarafacts.com/capybara-interesting-facts/
http://switchzoo.com/profiles/capybara.htm
http://www.tropical-rainforest-facts.com/Tropical-Rainforest-Animal-Facts/Capybara-Facts.shtml
http://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/fun-facts-about-cute-animals-capybara-edition