Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Toad Tuesday

The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is a large rodent of the genus Hydrochoerus of which the only other extant member is the lesser capybara (Hydrochoerus isthmius). The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. Close relatives are guinea pigs and rock cavies, and it is more distantly related to the agoutichinchillas, and the coypu. Native to South America, the capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water. It is a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals, but usually lives in groups of 10–20 individuals. The capybara is not a threatened species and is hunted for its meat and hide and also for a grease from its thick fatty skin which is used in the pharmaceutical trade

Though quite agile on land (capable of running as fast as a horse),[32] capybaras are equally at home in the water. They are excellent swimmers, and can remain completely submerged for up to five minutes,[11] an ability they use to evade predators. Capybaras can sleep in water, keeping only their noses out of the water. As temperatures increase during the day, they wallow in water and then graze during the late afternoon and early evening.[6] They also spend a lot of time wallowing in mud.[14] They rest around midnight and then continue to graze before dawn.


 The mother of the puppies was unable to care for them so JoeJoe watched over them until they were old enough to go to forever homes. They spent all day together playing and napping. JoeJoe loves to play with other animals and most other animals love to play with him too.


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