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Don’t Fear, Be Capy—Occasions Two!

HOUSTON (Could 11, 2022) – Double the cuteness on the Houston Zoo! Two wholesome capybara pups have been born April 11 to first-time mother, Squirt, and pop, Rio. The brother and sister have been named Bruno and Pepa after characters from the beloved kids’s movie “Encanto.” Squirt gave beginning to the pups behind the scenes within the Zoo’s South America’s Pantanal exhibit underneath supervision of her keepers and veterinary employees. After supply, Squirt and the pups spent a number of days bonding privately earlier than making their public debut. That is the third capybara litter the Zoo has had previously 10 years.

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Native to Central and South America, capybaras are the biggest rodent on the planet. They’re associated to the guinea pig and weigh 50 instances as a lot. Capybaras are born with fur, opened eyes and a full set of tooth. They develop and be taught very quick. Bruno and Pepa began consuming solids the day after they have been born, typical for the species as their tooth develop quickly. Bruno and Pepa are already glorious swimmers and can undertake a semi-aquatic life-style. Capybara’s webbed ft assist them swim and traverse in comfortable, muddy floor and might keep underwater for as much as 5 minutes. They will additionally press their ears towards their heads to maintain water out and as soon as they exit the water, their skinny coat of coarse hair dries shortly.

You’ll be able to see capybaras within the Zoo’s South America’s Pantanal exhibit, within the grasslands habitat.

By visiting the Houston Zoo visitors are saving wild capybara households in Brazil. The Zoo gives assist for our Brazilian conservation companions to guard wildlife from fires and discover options to forestall animals from being hit by automobiles on main roads throughout the area.

The cute pups have been not too long ago featured in Houston Zoo’s weekly FB reside: https://fb.watch/d2BN-jBeLj/

      

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