Ducks, Monkeys and Capybaras, OH MY!


In Brazil, there is a rich and complex ecosystem that supports many different animals. I've seen some familiar animals, such as dogs, cats, monkeys and ducks, but the most exciting animal friend I've met was the capybara.

What does this creature or plant look like?:

In person, the capybara looks like a giant hamster or guinea pig. They can weight anywhere between 60-170 pounds and they can grow up to four feet long! They like to use their noses to smell new animals and people before they run over and play with them.

How did I feel when I saw it?:

At first, I felt very scared about seeing a capybara in person. In general, I do not like many rodents, such as rats, squirrels or guinea pigs. Do you like rodent animals? I thought I would hate the capybara because they are the largest rodents in the world, but their friendliness won me over. They only want to play and make friends!

Where does it live?:

They are from South America and they usually live in forests near bodies of water. Even though they are mammals, they love to swim and eat aquatic plants. You can also find some capybaras that are kept as house pets. Do you have any pets?

How does it use its environment to survive?:

The capybara is a semi-aquatic animal, which means that it likes to spend time on both land and in water.