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Capybara for Silly Tuesday

Posted by
jeff (aka dogilicious) (Millerstown, PA, United States) on 7 July 2009 in Animal & Insect.

I know people are going to think I Photoshopped this but it is actually the world's largest rodent species. The scale provided by the swans just made the shot unbelievable.

Capybaras have heavy, barrel-shaped bodies and short heads with reddish-brown fur on the upper part of their body that turns yellowish-brown underneath. Adult capybaras may grow to 130 centimetres (4.3 ft) in length, and weigh up to 65 kg (140 lb). The top recorded weight is 105.4 kg (232 lbs). Capybaras have slightly webbed feet, no tail, and 20 teeth. Their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs and their muzzles are blunt with eyes, nostrils, and ears on top of their head. Females are slightly heavier than males.


OLYMPUS E-500 1/160 second F/4.5 ISO 160 150 mm

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

It really is unbelievable.. Great shot, thanks for sharing!

7 Jul 2009 7:36am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old Pembroke dock boy,Wales), Germany

I guess this was in a Zoo ?? or am I wrong,I hope so !!

7 Jul 2009 8:56am

k@ from Paris, France

!! Unbelievable but true ! Thks for sharing :)

7 Jul 2009 10:07am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

I have never seen a capybara and seeing him with the two white swans is ...unbelievable ! that's a great shot ,a beautiful photo and not only for Silly Tuesday !

7 Jul 2009 11:01am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Glad you explained or it definitely would look PS'd ... great sighting!

7 Jul 2009 11:04am

Claudia from Illinois, United States

I love Capybaras and that is exactly why I clicked on this photo. I saw the title on Am3's homepage where someone else had commented on it. Astounding capture! The swans are wonderful but what I especially adore are those litlte capy-babies!

7 Jul 2009 11:12am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

They are so cute, especially the babies.

7 Jul 2009 11:19am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Never heard of them myself. Great shot!

7 Jul 2009 11:24am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

that' sjust silly no way can I rodent a rodent by that big, gosh I bet even my mouser cat would run like oh my gosh, you're not fooling?

7 Jul 2009 11:54am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Amazing capture - have learned something new today. I was going to make a comment about the last sentence from Wikipedia, but then sanity prevailed :)

7 Jul 2009 1:10pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Looks like a giant swan eating rat. :-)))

7 Jul 2009 1:53pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Whoa! Great capture. ST rules!

7 Jul 2009 2:00pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

good montage ! I got scared of these BIG SWANS :))

7 Jul 2009 2:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot. This must have been in a zoo.

7 Jul 2009 3:49pm

Denise from Duncannon, United States

I like the little ones in the back, look like teddy bears. Now where did you take this????

7 Jul 2009 9:25pm

@Denise: I'm not telling!

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful shot! Outstanding capture, and find! Wow! Thanks for sharing this.

7 Jul 2009 10:25pm

Andy from Hanover, United States

I'm with Denise. Don't make us rough you up. Tell us where...

8 Jul 2009 12:41am

@Andy: I think she was at Lake Tobias.

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

really weird creature that is :) cool shot

8 Jul 2009 3:15am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is all the more bizarre because of the 'everyday' swans being there . . what a hoot this is !

8 Jul 2009 12:10pm

Denise from Duncannon, United States

OK, Are you saying I am fibbing???? I was there recently and didn't see these creatures. JUsrt because you are "up the road " now you still need to be nice to me:)

8 Jul 2009 12:16pm

grant from kansas city, United States

who knew!? amazing shot. you might also be interested in this informative website (run by my son)

9 Jul 2009 2:55am

@grant: I can't wait for the el chupacabra post!

Hjulbentamannen from Eskilstuna, Sweden

Nice picture

1 Aug 2009 8:02am

1/160 second
ISO 160
150 mm