Capybara babies wow visitors to Drusillas

The birth of Capybara babies have been welcomed by staff at Drusillas

The birth of Capybara babies have been welcomed by staff at Drusillas

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THE BIRTH of two capybara babies at Drusillas has delighted staff at Drusillas.

This is the first time the species has been bred at the zoo. In the wild they are only found in South America, where they live in groups near water.

Drusillas Park holds the UK Register for capybara. This means that zoo manager Sue Woodgate assists with co-ordinating the movement of the species for the purpose of breeding. She also offers advice to other zoos on how these animals should be kept.

The latest arrivals were born at Drusillas on Tuesday August 23 and are thriving under the guidance of proud parents, Hector and Tullula.

The new arrivals have been exploring their environment and are already eating vegetables and browse, although they are still being nursed by their mother.