Pig-Sized Rats: The Life and Struggles of the Capybara

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent and lives throughout Central and South America.

The Creatures

Being about the size of an average pig, these things are very unique in the world for several reasons. They’re semi-aquatic, always living near water for food and protection, consume and digest grasses in some advantageous ways, and are fairly social for a wild species of rodent.

The Issues

However, they, or at least their children, are threatened by the various hunters of the Amazon, including jaguars, ocelots, and humans. This may seem mostly fine and natural at first, but the capybaras’ biggest issue comes from cattle ranching and deforestation. These issues are likely to end up hurting not only the species that can’t live outside of the forest already, but also hurt the capybaras that they seem to help. By threatening even one notable species in the Amazon like this, countless people and animals will be hurt for the worse.

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