World’s largest rodent found in Paso Robles wastewater
August 17, 2011
Kamp took photographs of the animal, which can grow up to weigh 145 pounds and measure four feet in length, and described what he saw: “It had the body of a pig, but it had a longer nose and head to it.”
He said that the animal seemed calm, and swam with its head above and below the water.
Todd Tognazzini, a lieutenant with the Department of Fish and Game, believes the capybara is an escaped pet, although the animal cannot legally be kept without a special permit, reported UK’s The Telegraph.
Native to South America, capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, and can grow to be as large as a big dog.