Did You Know That Capybaras Can Swim?

Capybaras are rather interesting creatures and they are well known, even though many people have not seen one person.

Thanks to the Internet, however, we often get the opportunity to see these giant rodents, and perhaps we may just look for those videos because of how interesting they can be.

Photo: flickr/Tambako The Jaguar

Recently, one of those videos has not only proven to be interesting, but it has also gone viral. More than 100,000 people have liked the video that shows a capybara gracefully swimming underwater.

It turns out, most people didn’t realize they could swim!

If you want to see a capybara in the wild, you will have to travel to South America. There are some here and there and they are kept as pets by some, but you will not be able to see them running around the woods in the United States and many other parts of the world.

If you do happen to see them in their South American environment, you might be surprised to find out that they can swim underwater for up to five minutes, according to the Rainforest Alliance.

Photo: Pexels/Rutpratheep Nilpechr

They are often found near the water, even relaxing on the riverbank to keep from getting too hot.

If they are startled, they will enter into the water and swim near the bottom of the river. They have webbed feet, so they can quickly get away from predators and disappear when necessary.

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