Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Carpincho

Last year I visited with my family a great zoo called Lecocq Park, in the rural area of Montevideo.
This Park has big areas for the animals, and almost no cages for them. They live on open spaces that are quite similar to their natural environment.
In this park thera are natives animals and foreign ones like lions, zebras, monkeys, and so on. A lot of these animals feel like in home, even breed in this zoo.

This post is about a native animal that we call Carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) or as his cientific name sounds: capibara (capybara). It is the largest rodent in the world and is originary of South America. It could be as big as a pork, but it eats mainly vegetables, and usually lives near water.

Here are mi pics of a big familiy of carpinchos living peacefully in the Lecocq Park.





And, here in the wikipedia you can find more information about this lovely animals.

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