Animals

By Alex Matthews 


These capybaras are behaving just like children – having a water fight in the sun.

Pic from Caters News

The two males were snapped messing around in the hot weather at Chester Zoo.

Playfully bearing their large front teeth at each other, the two giant guinea-pig-like creatures wrestle each other before splashing down into the water.

Pic from Caters News

The playful pair are one of 500 species at home in Chester Zoo.

A spokesperson said: “The pair made a splash in front of astonished onlookers as they playfully wrestled and wallowed in the water.

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“The species spend much of its time in water and its scientific name means ‘water pig’. They have bodies specially adapted for swimming – with webbed feet and their eyes, ears and nostrils located on top of their heads.

Pic from Caters News 

“Although not currently listed as an endangered species, they can often be overlooked and are often illegally poached for its meat and skin, which can be turned into leather, as well as threatened by habitat degradation.”