This month Becky’s Squares are focusing on odd things – you can interpret this any way you want so I am going to take you all to the zoo this month. San Diego Zoo to be precise and the photos featured will be either odd looking animals, animals with odd names, odd facts or slightly odd photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my selection.
Africa has hippos, and the Americas have capybaras! The capybara has something in common with the hippo: its eyes, ears, and nostrils are all found near the top of the its head. During the dry season, when fresh grasses and water plants dry up, capybaras eat reeds, grains, melons, and squashes. They also eat their own poop to get beneficial bacteria to help their stomach break down the thick fibre in their meals.
Originally thought to be a pig of some sort, we now know that the capybara is a rodent, closely related to cavies and guinea pigs. Standing 2 feet (60 cm) tall at the shoulder and built somewhat like a barrel with legs, the “capy” has long, light brown, shaggy hair, a face that looks like a beaver’s, no tail, and slightly webbed feet.
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24 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo”
I wonder if they’d make a good pet? I rather like them.
Go for it Jo. They eat their own poo, Jude says, so no housekeeping.
I did think that a huge plus, Margaret.
Odd behaviour and odd looking too.
I always think these look so cute. No wonder though it took a while to realise they are rodents, as if we saw a rat this size we’d be terrified!
Let’s see if Jo sees this reply. She wants one!
They’d like the Ria Formosa but not sure I can see Jo collecting the 8lbs of grass and aquatic plants they eat daily!
There’s always a snag.
It is not a flattering photo, but they are quite cute as far as large Guinea pigs go!
I prefer little Guinea pigs!
As a former Guinea Pig owner, I think they are quite cute too. They like to eat them in South America though, and even get a Papal Dispensation to do so. 🙂
‘Capybara are native to South America, where the meat is considered a delicacy. Salt-cured capybara is consumed during Lent in Venezuela, where the popularity of the dish prompted the Vatican to declare that capybara isn’t meat but fish.’
Best wishes, Pete. x
Got to love the Catholics 😃
All made up to suit themselves. No wonder I’m an atheist. 🙂
Ha ha. Not quite an atheist, but I sure do wonder about the hypocrisy of ardent religionists!
They made me into an atheist, Wiggins. 🙂
The top capybara looks deep in thought – maybe it’s pondering the possibility that it’s a fish, hehe!
This is a new one to me!
you really have found such a great assortment of pictures at the zoo 🙂
And not even half way through 😊
What an interesting animal!
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