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4 capybara brothers go on public show in central Japan zoo for the summer

Capybara cubs play around their mother, Runa, at Manriki Park in the city of Yamanashi on June 6, 2021. (Mainichi/Satoru Yamamoto)

YAMANASHI -- Four capybara siblings born in March have gone on public display at the zoo in this central Japan city's Manriki Park, where they entertain visitors with the sight of them innocently playing and swimming in their pool.

    The four young male capybaras are the first young born to their father Ruca, 8, and mother Runa, 2. When they were born in March, they were each about 35 centimeters long and weighed about 1.2 kilograms. Now they are each around 40 centimeters and 2.5 kilograms. They have been practicing entering the pool in front of their shelter, and have been on view to the public since June 5.

    The children came out of the room with Runa, and after eating their favorite food, straw, went straight to the pool. After enjoying diving underwater and other activities, they showed off their charms by playing together around Runa.

    According to the Yamanashi Municipal Government's urban planning division, the four will be taken separately to other zoos from September, so this summer will be the only time they can be seen together.

    The four brothers are on view to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Mondays and Fridays when the park is closed.

    (Japanese original by Satoru Yamamoto, Kofu Bureau)

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