World's biggest living rodent and close relative of the guinea pig. A freakin' HUGE brown rodent found in the marshes of South America; looks like a cross between a brown guinea pig and a cow (with duck feet). The rodentine answer to the hippo--cattle egrets have even been seen perched on their backs. Favorite food of the anaconda.
The capybara herd roamed the Peruvian floodplains, wading through mud and grunting like buffalo.
November 13, 2004