They may be rodents, but capybaras are anything but mousy! Native to South America, capybaras can weigh more than 170 pounds and measure close to 2 feet at the shoulder. Capybaras are good swimmers, and even have webbed feetThe feet of some birds, such as ducks, some mammals, such as otters, or some reptiles, such as turtles, where the toes are connected near the tips by a thin membrane of skin. This helps these animals paddle or swim through water. to help them move in the water.
Capybaras live in groups, and everyone helps take care of the babies. The average litter size is five, but up to eight is possible. Speaking of baby capybaras, check out this month’s fun video and meet the Zoo’s newest capybara family!