Florida Apparently Has A Capybara Problem

Joining an already robust list of invasive species, capybaras, the world's largest rodents, are now popping up in Florida. Speaking at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, biologist Elizabeth Congdon, of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, says a known group of capybaras are living and breeding in Northern Florida. It's believed the semi-aquatic South American mammal was accidentally released in Florida (meaning, someone's pet escaped) sometime in the early 21st century. The massive rodent prefers to live in tropical forest areas along rivers, lakes and marshes and it's estimated that there are at least 50 currently living in the Florida wilds. Congdon just really hopes to study these oversized guinea pigs. “They might be able to make a go of it in the United States,” Congdon said to Red Orbit. “We want to keep them from spreading, but can we please not kill them all so I can study them?”

Orlando Weekly- Joining an already robust list of invasive species, capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, are now popping up in Florida.
Speaking at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, biologist Elizabeth Congdon, of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, says a known group of capybaras are living and breeding in Northern Florida.
It’s believed the semi-aquatic South American mammal was accidentally released in Florida (meaning, someone’s pet escaped) sometime in the early 21st century.
The massive rodent prefers to live in tropical forest areas along rivers, lakes and marshes and it’s estimated that there are at least 50 currently living in the Florida wilds.
Congdon just really hopes to study these oversized guinea pigs. “They might be able to make a go of it in the United States,” Congdon said to Red Orbit. “We want to keep them from spreading, but can we please not kill them all so I can study them?”

Can you name another state with as many invasive species as us? Literally every reptile under the sun i think has made its way to Florida. Iguanas, snakes of all sorts, giant monitor lizards etc. There are probably a variety of exotic tropical birds breeding somewhere here now. Unidentified species of jungle monkeys. And now we have Capybaras. Whatever that’s just what Florida does. It’s the true melting pot of America and the world. We take in people from all sorts from all those Latin American countries and those snow birds from Canada. Well we’ll just take in animals of all sorts too. Frankly i was getting sick of all the reptile and gross stuff invading the area. I would prefer we got something that’s vegetarian like this guy too. He;s like a giant beaver dog. that wont take a chuck out of my arm or anything. Those are my only stipulations. No gross skin, wont attack the shit out of me, has to be cute. That goes out too any person of any nationality coming here too.

P.s- Remember this detroit guy? it was probably him

 

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