Curious Facts about the Capybara

「療癒系天王」水豚君

 

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You may not know its name, but you’ve probably seen photos of it soaking in hot springs on social media. This “giant hamster,” or capybara, is a favorite among zoogoers and animal experts alike. Here are some amusing facts about these charming creatures.

你也許不知道牠的名字,但你很可能在社群媒體上看過牠泡溫泉的照片。這隻「巨大倉鼠」,或者說水豚,是常去動物園的人和動物專家的最愛。這裡有一些關於這些可愛的動物有趣的事實。

 

They are big.

As the world’s largest rodent, adult capybaras weigh around 50 kg. That’s as heavy as some humans! They average about 1.2 m in length and are up to 60 cm tall. Despite their size, they are fast runners that can reach speeds of up to 35 km an hour.

牠們體型龐大。

身為世界上最大的齧齒動物,成年水豚體重大約五十公斤。那和一些人類一樣重!牠們平均身長大約一點二公尺,高達六十公分。儘管身軀龐大,但牠們跑得很快,時速可高達三十五公里。

 

They love the water.

Capybaras spend a lot of time in water. Their webbed toes help them move quickly through the water, and they can also stay underwater for up to five minutes at a time to avoid predators. Capybaras have even been known to sleep in the water to prevent getting sunburned.

牠們很喜歡水。

水豚花很多時間在水裡。牠們有蹼的腳趾有助於牠們在水中快速移動,而且可以一次在水下停留長達五分鐘以避開掠食者。甚至已知水豚會在水中睡覺以防止曬傷。

 

They’re highly social animals.

Capybaras generally live in groups of between 10 and 20. Moreover, capybaras enjoy making friends with other animal species . . . and sometimes the capybaras’ new friends use them as furniture! It’s not uncommon to see monkeys, rabbits, birds, and even other capybaras resting on a capybara’s back while it eats.

牠們是群居動物。

水豚普遍以十到二十隻成群生活。此外,水豚喜歡和其他動物物種交朋友……而且有時候水豚的新朋友會把牠們當作家具使用!猴子、兔子、鳥甚至其他水豚在牠吃東西時躺在牠背上休息並不稀奇。

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