2 large rodents escape a Toronto zoo

AP News
Posted: May 25, 2016 10:05 PM

TORONTO (AP) — The hunt continues for two large rodents that escaped a Toronto zoo.

Megan Price, a spokeswoman with the city's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division that runs High Park Zoo, says the search for two missing capybaras, which resemble tailless beavers with short legs, is focused on the area's creeks.

The animals, native to South Africa, are the world's largest rodents. They weigh about 30 pounds (13 kilograms) each and could grow to 100 pounds (45 kilograms).

The pair has been on the lam since Tuesday when they took off while they were being introduced to their enclosure as part of a zoo exchange.

The semi-aquatic rodents can be difficult to find because they can remain still and submerged under water for hours with just their noses sticking out.