A giant rodent was spotted by workers at a wastewater plant in the Paso Robles area three weeks ago.

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents -– they can reach the size of a small dog -– and are often described as a mix between a rat and a guinea pig. They’re nocturnal and semi-aquatic, and prefer habits with dense vegetation and access to water. They are illegal to own as a pet in California.
The rodents aren’t dangerous, “just weird looking,” said Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan.

Photo: Capybaras at a zoo in Hanover, Germany. Credit: Holger Hollemann / EPA
For the record at 9:10 a.m., Aug. 17: A previous version of this post credited the photo to the Associated Press.

A giant rodent was spotted by workers at a wastewater plant in the Paso Robles area three weeks ago.

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents -– they can reach the size of a small dog -– and are often described as a mix between a rat and a guinea pig. They’re nocturnal and semi-aquatic, and prefer habits with dense vegetation and access to water. They are illegal to own as a pet in California.

The rodents aren’t dangerous, “just weird looking,” said Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan.

Photo: Capybaras at a zoo in Hanover, Germany. Credit: Holger Hollemann / EPA

For the record at 9:10 a.m., Aug. 17: A previous version of this post credited the photo to the Associated Press.

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    is cute
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    Worlds largest rodent spotted in central California
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  10. stateofcatharsis reblogged this from latimes and added:
    I wish they were legal here. They’re so cute, I want one.
  11. davidtamburo reblogged this from latimes and added:
    Though California has ridiculous laws on rodents as pets, I must must must have one of these as a pet.
  12. alittlenowandthen reblogged this from nightline and added:
    I want one!!!
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    Stampede!
  15. dialling-footnoterphone reblogged this from alohajoy and added:
    RODENT LYFE
  16. alohajoy reblogged this from nightline and added:
    Looks like a capybara GANG.
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    LOL even the West Coast rodents own their East Coast counterparts
  20. justelias said: Portland had a similar one called the Nutria, I would totally prefer these little buggers though much cuter. oregonmetro.gov/index.c…
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