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Bouncing zoo babies of 2010

By: OurAmazingPlanet Inc. on Dec. 30, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
Capybara babies

Photo: David Barnhardt/Akron Zoo

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Capybara babies

These two furry critters are called capybaras. Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) are the world's largest rodents, measuring about 3.5 to 4.5 feet long, and they live a semi-aquatic lifestyle in areas near lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and marshes in much of South America.

Mother capybara Courtney gave birth to five babies at the Akron zoo on March 24. Two of the babies died during birth and a third died after a surgery to repair its hip, which was dislocated during birth. Mortality of capybara babies is typically high.