Mac & Mike's Pick: Capybara

By WEEK Reporter

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 11:00 PM CDT

Here's something you don't see everyday. Unless you live in South America or maybe in Paso Robles, California.

Workers at a wastewater treatment plant in Paso Robles, California captured these photos of a Capybara, a huge South American rodent emerging from a pond there.

The California department of fish and game says it's probably just an escaped pet, and... "It's no harm. It's just going to root around."

The Capybara is the world's largest rodent-- not quite a rat--more like a 100 pounds hamster.

They're nocturnal and vegetarians and you need a special permit to have one as a pet in California...

Which may be why no one has fessed up to missing this one...

Like any self-respecting animal on the lam, The Capybara now has a twitter account, at-c-a-capybara... tweeting: "lost on vacation... where is the embassy? I need a passport".

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.