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Capybara tracks spotted at High Park Zoo

CityNews | posted Monday, Jun 6th, 2016

Tracks from the two elusive capybaras have been spotted at the High Park Zoo.

“Staff know that they are in the park and where they are,” Friends of the High Park Zoo posted on Facebook on Sunday.

“Yes tracks have been confirmed, now to get them home.”

Watch a video about the growing concerns for the capybaras below or click here to view it.

he two female capybaras have been missing since May 24.

Zoo officials say the pair bolted when a new capybara was moving in to their pen around 6 a.m. that morning.

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents. Fully grown, they can reach over four feet in height and can weigh as much as 140 pounds – they also look like large guinea pigs. They enjoy swimming and don’t like children.

The escape led to the nicknames Bonnie and Clyde (perhaps Thelma and Louise would have been better) for the pair, a parody Twitter account, an online video game, and joking comments from Mayor John Tory about forming a search party.

However, the zoo could be in real trouble, an animal welfare group told the CBC. A representative for ZooCheck said that the zoo could face charges under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, especially given the zoo’s history.

This isn’t the first time an animal has run free from the High Park Zoo.

Almost exactly a year ago, the High Park Peacock escaped from the zoo and was on the loose in Toronto for days before returning home on its own.

In 2009, six animals – four llamas, one yak and one wallaby – escaped from the zoo after someone opened their enclosures.

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