CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Zoo has welcomed four new capybaras to its ever-growing family.
Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world and they can grow up to 4.5 feet long and weigh up to 150 pounds.
Native to South America, capybaras can be found throughout most of the continent east of the Andes Mountains.
Zoo officials say while their appearance and natural swimming abilities might suggest they are related to the beaver, the capybara’s closest relatives in the animal kingdom are actually chinchillas and guinea pigs.
The Zoo breeds capybaras as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Program.
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