Before coming to Brazil, I heard of an animal called a capybara. I didn’t think they were real. I mean…a rodent that looks like a Guinea pig but the size of a small dog? Sounds like a fish story to me!
But there are capybaras! There are some in Resende. They like to play along the river bank in the early morning.
The capybara according to Wikepedia is the largest rodent in the world and native to South America. The capybara inhabits savanas 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, though it is hunted for its meat and skin. They actually make capybara purses and boots in Argentina! A typical capybara is 3-4 feet long, 25 inches tall and weighs 150lb.
The best time to see the capybaras in Resende is early morning along the river. An early morning stroll…and there is usually a couple playing in the grass along the riverbank. When James was here we went for a stroll close to sunset and saw some nibbling away at the grass along the riverbank. They remind me of the guinea pigs our kids had, only a larger version. They are so cool.
I can’t believe I have finally seen them! Now I just need to capture the parrots I see fly over my apartment…might be a little trickier!