We really struggled with the identification of this crazy giant rodentish thing that has now twice visited our Thursday sports mornings. It just ambles about, presumably looking for something to eat. I suggested preescolars but this idea was shouted down. You can see it is larger than a dog. It looks kind of snuffley like a pig, and has sort of hoofed looking feet.
The names the kids told us in Spanish were unintelligible. No help. I took photos to my Spanish teacher who advised it is a chiguiro. He’d never seen one and was stunned to find that we had, in the city. More investigation found that a chiguiro is known as a capybara in English. It is:
- The world’s largest rodent
- Only found in South America
- A social animal which lives in herds of up to 100! (we hope to hunt down the other 99)
- Hunted for its meat and hide, and for its grease which is used by the pharmaceutical industry
- Overall pretty creepy.
UPDATE: If you’re thinking they’d be a good pet be aware they have a range of special needs.