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Copyright: Fabiano Chede (fchede) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 160] (562)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-19 18:37
Viewed: 46571
Points: 8
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First of all sorry to cut the legs of the poor animal. I couldn't avoid the adrenalin of seeing it running toward me...it is a harmless animal, but it was unexpected...shame on me. This is a Capivara, or Capybara in english (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris). This animal can nowadays be seen wild at the parks in my town. They are the world's largest living rodent and can reach a weight of over 90 kilos. So they lack of predators like anacondas and aligators and are growing free at the green areas since people are not hunting them as in the past. They have good meat for human taste and good fur. It is a good sensation to meet this kind of animals in the wild close to where we live. It is happenig just from few years ago. For those who don't know my town Curitiba, it has near 2 million inhabitants and is considered to be the ecological capital of Brazil. See at Zeca

Something about the Capivara:

The Capybara is the world's largest living rodent. They have 4 toes on the front feet and 3 on the rear and the toes are connected by a partial web to help them swim and walk on mud.

They are vegetarian and are found in marshes and along rivers and streams from Panama to northern Argentina.

They usually travel in small herds with a dominant male, several adult females with young and young males as subordinate members.

Their main predators are the Jaguar (Panthera onca) and the Anaconda (Eunectes murinus).

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3090 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-19 19:02]

Hi Fabiano,
I think it is very cool that you get to see capybaras in the wild. I have only seen them in the zoos. I think they are very interesting animals.
Too bad about the legs, but it is a great POV otherwise. Sharp details and good exposure. TFS. : )

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-07-19 22:13]

Wow! Que legal Fabiano! Quase levou um beijo, hein! Detalhes com incrível nitidez! Dá para contar os pêlos!! Quanto ao corte das patas, bem... acontece! Melhor cortá-las do que tomar um beijo, certo? Na próxima a adrenalina vira suquinho de uva e você pega o ratão inteiro! Parabéns pela excelente captura! E um super obrigado pela troca de link!

Lovely rare capture its lovely to see this overgrown relitive of a guinea pig.

Hola Fabiano,

Yes, I remember reading that Capivara is the largest rodent living on earth and your picture shows us that so clearly! It looks like a big animal with that large head! You got a superb pov and I really like your composition, even if you cut the legs (in fact I think I prefer it that way because the animal looks more impressive!). Great colors and sharpness! Very well done and TFS,


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