Three Capybara pups have been born to new mum, Coconut, at Chester Zoo. The South American animals known as ‘Giant Guinea Pigs’ arrived at the weekend and are already proving a big hit with visitors.
The new arrivals made their appearance on Sunday, August 28. But they are still to be named as keepers have not yet identified the pups’ genders.
The new pups at Chester Zoo attracted a lot of positive attention from the public with many comments on social media. It came as the zoo announced their latest additions with an adorable video of them with mum, Coconut.
Donna Lucas Baines commented: “Just been today and upon looking at pics when we got home noticed the pup, it was well hidden by its mum, as I didn’t spot it when I took the photo.”
Janet Woods said on Facebook: “My favourite animal and I am lucky to see them in their natural environment.”
The Capybara comes from South America and is the world’s largest rodent species. They can grow to more than one metre in length.
The vegetarian mammals are highly social animals and can be found living in small herds on grassland, in tropical rainforests as well as in wetlands across most of the continent.
Their bodies have been specially adapted for swimming, with webbed feet and their eyes, ears, and nostrils located on top of their heads and they will spend much of their time in the water.
Capybaras can remain underwater for up to five minutes and can even sleep in the water as long as their noses stay exposed to air.