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Capybaras Loose in Toronto!

At Toronto’s High Park Zoo, two capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, have escaped into the city. Despite being actually fairly massive, the partners in crime – actually named Bonnie and Clyde – have yet to be captured by authorities, who have spent the last three weeks(!) trying to hunt them down.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

They’ve settled into big city living well, and haven taken to Twitter to share their exploits. One of the escapees was caught in a trap, at one point, but was able to wiggle free. The pair of capybaras have occasionally been spotted by pedestrians but are, at present, still on the lam.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/two-worlds-largest-rodents-run-toronto-zoo/

“Capybaras are pretty adaptive animals,” Luciano Verdade, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, told National Geographic. “Although they are relatively large animals, they can be deceptive in the proximity of humans.”

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

They normally eat grasses native to their South American habitats, but they’re able to eat other vegetation. They can even switch between being active during the day and night, and they are semi-aquatic, which means they could evade capture by quickly diving deep underwater. The most immediate threat to the AWOL capybaras is dodging vehicles while crossing roads.

 

We’ll try to keep track of Bonnie & Clyde, Capybaras at large.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/two-worlds-largest-rodents-run-toronto-zoo/

http://www.highparktoronto.com/zoo.php

https://twitter.com/torontocapybara

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/06/09/near-miss-as-capybara-slips-out-of-trap.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

 

Tender Loving Chinchilla (That’s What TLC Stands For Right?)

I am weakened by the cuteness of this chinchilla, (known for their ultra-soft velvety fur) enjoying a nice grooming session with it’s human. I hope your weekend has been just as relaxing.

Thank-you YouTube Channel MangO for this video; it is a ding-dang-dorable!

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFUE77Rmh-o

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8X-2JKgWybITpkyu4WvYaA

 

Surprise Porcupine Discovered in Shed

Biologist & Native Mainer Michael Merchant discovered a porcupine in his shed, who was quite vocal about his reluctance to leave such cozy quarters. They had a bit of an argument. Then he encounters another porcupine a short distance away… maybe he was attracted to the vocalizing porcupine?

Thank-you YouTube Channel Michael Merchant for this comical video!

Porcupines are the third-largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver. They inhabit forests and wooded regions across North America.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9H3z94ZuJ0

https://www.youtube.com/user/jupy921/featured

 

New Rodent Species Discovered

An international team of scientists has discovered a new species of wild rodent in a remote mountainous area of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. The creature had eluded discovery for many years by mainly foraging for food among the roots of trees.

Known as Gracilimus radix, this slender rat inhabited the thick forests at the slopes of Mount Gandang Dewata on Sulawesi Island. The region has long been considered a hotbed for various creatures.

Photo by Kevin Rowe. Source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/151625/20160420/meet-the-slender-rat-a-new-rodent-species-discovered-in-indonesia.htm

According to the research, published in the Journal of Mammalogy, the slender rat belonged to a new genus of its own since it had such a vastly different anatomy compared to other wild rodents. This placed the animal on a separate step in the taxonomic rankings just above a new species.

“We discovered the new genus and species doing mammal surveys in 2011 and 2012 on Mt Gandang Dewata,” Kevin Rowe, a biologist from Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia said. “This marks the third new genus and fourth new species discovered there in the last four years.”

Photo by Kevin Rowe. Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/nature/article/2016/04/20/brand-new-mammal-species-joins-ranks-biology

Rowe added that aside from the five rodents they came across with, there are still a number of other rat species waiting to be discovered in the wilderness of Sulawesi Island.

He explained that identifying these creatures will not only provide researchers with new insight regarding the origin and evolution of native rodents in Australia, but it will also allow them to understand how animals are able to evolve in response to challenges presented to them by Nature.

After conducting several genetic analyses, the research team found that the Gracilimus radix is closely related to the Sulawesi water rat (Waiomys mamasae), which was first discovered in 2014. The slender rat and the water rat belong to the same rodent group that can only be found on Sulawesi Island.

 

Unlike most other wild rodents that are mostly carnivorous, the slender rat was revealed to be omnivorous.

Rowe pointed out that despite being close relatives, the Gracilimus radix and the Waiomys mamasae are very much different from one another. The slender rat evolved to become more adept at living on land, while the Sulawesi water rat developed skills more suited for swimming and living in the water.

 

It’s amazing to me that there are still unknown mammals unknown to science. There is so much we still don’t know!

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/151625/20160420/meet-the-slender-rat-a-new-rodent-species-discovered-in-indonesia.htm

http://jmammal.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/23/jmammal.gyw029

http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/nature/article/2016/04/20/brand-new-mammal-species-joins-ranks-biology

 

Hamster Coachella

Feeling the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) because you’re not at Coachella (a huge music festival in Indio, California) this weekend? Don’t worry, these hamsters will show you the basics of what happens there, in their adorably comical way.

 

 

Thank-you YouTube Channel Super Deluxe for this hilarious video parody.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

https://youtu.be/v8uZKJD-FtA

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJLx_Dy_icz3oDHhJeMe9g

 

Baby Bunnies in Bowls

Here we are, on a Sunday afternoon. I’m ready for a nap. With bunnies. Baby bunnies. Baby bunnies in bowls. I recommend watching this until the end, for despite all odds, they just keep getting cuter.

Thank-you YouTube Channel My BB Bunny for this squeetastic video.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnGJjme-5R8&list=PLylY4S1Pz7SVIjoj808U0UVvF8tgcK8BF&index=58

 

The Capybara Spa

Japan has taken the concept of the Cat Cafe one step further. They have invented the Capybara Spa. Now you can go for a soak, while watching capybaras soak right along with you… through plate glass, that is.

Source: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/25/love-capybaras-now-you-can-take-a-hot-bath-while-watching-them-bathe/

Nasu Animal Kingdom in Tochigi Prefecture, about a two and a half hour drive from Tokyo, will be opening its “Kingdom Hot Spring — The Capybara Bath (Ōkoku Onsen Capybara no Yu)” on April 23, to give visitors to the park a chance to take a bath while watching capybaras do the same.

Source: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/25/love-capybaras-now-you-can-take-a-hot-bath-while-watching-them-bathe/

It plans to have three to four capybaras each just outside the men’s and women’s baths for guests to observe, and we have a strong feeling that these furry fellas will thoroughly captivate and entertain visitors.

Source: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/25/love-capybaras-now-you-can-take-a-hot-bath-while-watching-them-bathe/

Nasu Animal Kingdom boasts that the bath is the only one of its kind in the country [maybe the world? Can’t imagine there would be many hot springs where  you can see capybara bathing], which should make it all the more attractive to capybara fans.

So, what do you say to a unique bathing experience at an animal park? The hot water and the sight of the capybaras are sure to help you relax and soothe any tense muscles!

 

Happy Bun(rodent)day! (|^_^|)

 

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/25/love-capybaras-now-you-can-take-a-hot-bath-while-watching-them-bathe/