Residents, police and zookeepers are on the alert for the canine-sized rodent escapees, which were described by zoo volunteers as quite shy
Toronto police, zookeepers, and residents are on the alert after two rodents of unusual size escaped from a local zoo early Tuesday.
The pair of capybara canine-sized, amphibious rodents which resemble guinea pigs but are much, much bigger are being sought by 30 park and zoo workers in Torontos 399-acre High Park, according to the Toronto Sun.
Residents have been warned not to approach the animals, which were described by zoo volunteers as quite shy, but to call the park authorities.
Capybaras are the worlds largest rodents and can weigh as much as 150lb, though the escapees in question are closer to 30lb , according to parks department spokeswoman Megan Price.
Price told the Sun that the zoo would initiate an investigation into the escape once the capybaras were returned to safety.
Once they are rescued, we will obviously be reviewing in detail what happened and if protocols or procedures need to be updated as a result of this if, in fact, thats what happened, she said.
A third capybara remains in its pen at the High Park Zoo, which also features llamas, buffalo, wallabies, emus and sheep.
Capybara are herbivorous and indigenous to South America, where they are prey to anaconda.