Two specimens of capibara are born for the first time
Life makes its way in Terra Natura Benidorm. On this occasion, the birth
of two baby capybaras, known as the largest rodent species on the planet. This
is the first time that happens since the couple arrived from Munich in 2015.
Despite not being at risk of extinction, their populations are threatened due
The two babies are in perfect condition but still don´t know the sex of
them. The team of zoo keepers are taking care of them; at birth they weighed
around a kilo and a half, and now they are under observation to monitor their
correct development and adaptation to the environment. They have already
started to go out at different hours.
The capybaras are aquatic animals. In fact, they spend most of the day in
the water, where they feel more secure against their predators, which are
usually anacondas, jaguars and alligators. Therefore, their facility has a pond
where they can dive and swim. At first, the mother restricts their access to
water until they start swimming in shallow areas, which is happening this week.
This species lives in herds and makes group relationships. When they notice
a threat, they make a sound similar to a bark so all the group goes quickly
into the water. Capibaras at birth usually have between two and eight babies
after a pregnancy of 150 days. The offspring that have just been born in Terra
Natura Benidorm will be weaned when they reach three months of life.
The two capybaras will be with their parents the first year because in
this species the couple takes care of the babies together until they are about
a year old. The protection of the group during the first year is important
because these specimens are small and easily tired, which makes them vulnerable
to possible predators.