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Capybara babies at Shepreth Wildlife Park prove to be an instant hit





Three capybara babies have been born at Shepreth Wildlife Park in Royston.

The capybara babies at Shepreth Wildlife Park. Picture: Keith Heppell
The capybara babies at Shepreth Wildlife Park. Picture: Keith Heppell

The two males were named Churro and Taquito, following a public vote on Facebook, and the female was named Bellota (‘acorn’ in Spanish) by one of the park’s corporate sponsors.

The capybara babies at Shepreth Wildlife Park. Picture: Keith Heppell
The capybara babies at Shepreth Wildlife Park. Picture: Keith Heppell
Yve Morrin, curator of west section at Shepreth, with the capybaras. Picture: Keith Heppell
Yve Morrin, curator of west section at Shepreth, with the capybaras. Picture: Keith Heppell

Yve Morrin, curator of west section at Shepreth, said: “They were born on September 2. They’re the third litter born to mum Jinx, who is nine, and dad Paz who is four. They’re incredibly popular with visitors. We do offer a ‘meet the capybara’ experience but it’s fully booked for this year.”

Yve Morrin, curator of west section at Shepreth, with one of the baby capybaras. Picture: Keith Heppell
Yve Morrin, curator of west section at Shepreth, with one of the baby capybaras. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Capybaras are semi-acquatic mammals from northern and central South America. For more on Shepreth Wildlife Park, visit sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk/.



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