A giant South American rodent weighing at least 100 pounds is captured on camera at a waste-water treatment facility in California recently before disappearing in the brush.
The animal, identified as a capybara, is the world's largest rodent and feeds on vegetation.
‘If you think a giant guinea pig is cute, then you probably would like it,’ said Todd Tognazzini, of the California Department of Fish and Game.
The capybara is believed to be an escaped pet, Tognazzini said.
The animal was spotted at the waste-water treatment facility in Paso Robles, 175miles north-west of Los Angles.
An employee at the plant took photos of the animal as it crawled out of a pond.
The capybara's South American habitat ranges from Panama to northeast Argentina, east of the Andes, according to a description on the website of the San Francisco Zoo.
A capybara can hold its breath under water for up to five minutes, and the animal spends much of its roughly four-year lifespan near the water, he said.
The latest spotting of the capybara comes two years after another sighting of the animal at a ranch around one mile away. More....