Capybara appeared at Arakawa river escapes

Capybara appeared at Arakawa river escapes

The escaped capybara looks around nervously on May 27 at Arakawa River.

June 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A capybara was spotted in the Arakawa River in Ishigaki on the evening of the May 27. Firefighters rushed to the scene after being notified by residents but they failed to capture the animal, which fled at a pace belying its appearance. The animal, which may have escaped from a tourist facility in the city, has been seen in the river since March. Saying that it will damage crops, the Ishigaki Municipal Office has called for residents to provide information to help capture the capybara.

About one meter long, the animal was standing quietly in the shallows when it was found. When a firefighter approached the capybara it suddenly leapt up and ran away. Four firefighters rushed to the scene to catch it with a net, but it had fled by the time they got there. They were unable to find it in the grass at night and eventually gave up.

The capybara is the largest rodent living in the Amazon basin. This herbivorous animal that prefers an environment involving water has likely settled in the Arakawa River after escaping from a tourist facility.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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