Chester Zoo's Coconut The Capybara Is A Mum Of Three Baby 'Cappups'

Coconut the capybara has gave birth to three beautiful ‘cappups’ at Chester Zoo on 18 August 2022. She and dad Rolo can be seen bonding with their offspring at the zoo, as the youngsters get used to their new surroundings. As the world’s largest rodent species, capybaras can grow up to 1.5m (4.9ft) in length and are found in the wild living in small herds on grasslands, in tropical forests and on wetlands across much of South America. Their scientific name means ‘water pig’, and their bodies have been specially adapted for swimming with webbed feet and their eyes, ears and nostrils located on top of their heads. Although not currently listed as an endangered species due to their adaptability beyond their preferred habitat the capybara is threatened by illegal poaching for its meat and skin, as well as habitat degradation. Keepers at the zoo hope that Coconut’s new arrival will help to bring some attention to the species, which they say is often overlooked - despite its friendly nature.