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Belfast Zoo wants your help to name capybara babies

By Staff Reporter

Belfast Zoo needs your help to name its new arrivals.

The zoo recently announced the birth of two capybaras on April 2 and wants the public to help choose their names.

Keepers are allowing the two newborns and their mother time to bond and therefore don't yet know the gender of the young animals.

Belfast Zoo has asked for the names to be gender neutral.

Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world and look remarkably like giant guinea pigs.

The scientific name for this species (hydrochaeris) is Greek for 'water hog'. The capybara is a semi-aquatic mammal and is found on Central and South American riverbanks, beside ponds and in marshes.

You can submit your suggestions for names giving the reason for your choice at

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