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Capibara / Capybara

De capibara of waterzwijn (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is een knaagdier dat voorkomt in het waterrijke gebied van Brazilië en Noord-Argentinië in Zuid-Amerika. Het is de grootste levende knaagdierensoort.

 

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, also known as capibara, chigüiro and carpincho in Spanish, and capivara in Portuguese) is the largest living rodent in the world. It is related to agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs. Its common name, derived from Kapiÿva in the Guarani language, means "master of the grasses" while its scientific name, hydrochaeris, is Greek for "water hog".

 

For more pictures from this zoo keep an eye on the photostreams of my friends;

 

Jesse;

www.flickr.com/photos/15598743@N07/

Erwin;

www.flickr.com/photos/15756745@N06/

  

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Uploaded on February 18, 2008