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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/

 

White Rhino Born in Toronto Zoo

A baby rhinoceros was born at the Toronto Zoo in February.

This video, however, was published only days ago, and shows the 11-year-old Indian rhinoceros, named Ashakiran, giving birth to her male calf. The miracle of life is a wonderful thing to behold. This particular birth is very important for the conservation of the species, which is currently listed as “vulnerable” with only about 2,000 left in the wild. May they remain happy and healthy, as they play their part in returning the white rhino population to its former glory.

 

DISCLAIMER: This video shows a rhinoceros giving birth and might be considered graphic.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Funny World for this behind-the-scenes video.

 

Happy Humpday (^_^)

 

https://youtu.be/zOvjU8jBQLc

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvs_hdQyd4qPM3FA-KFAPFQ

 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/19/toronto-zoo-baby-rhino_n_9274910.html