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Two Giant Rodents Are On The Lam In A Toronto Park

They escaped their pen at High Park early Tuesday.

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If you're in Toronto's High Park today and happen to see what looks like a comically oversized guinea pig skittering around, it's probably just an escaped capybara.

UPDATE - ADVISORY High Park Zoo, two missing Capybara ^cb

On Tuesday morning, Toronto Police tweeted that two capybara escaped from the park's zoo overnight.

According to CP24, the pair broke out sometime Tuesday morning and are believed to still be inside the park.

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Capybara are the world's largest rodent and are native to South America. While they look like pretty chill little guys, Const. Craig Brister told BuzzFeed Canada that Torontonians are advised to not approach the critters if spotted and should call police at 416-808-2222.

The High Park Zoo is home to several species including yak, reindeer, emus, and llamas. Last year, a peacock got loose and amused locals as it hopped along rooftops before meandering back to the park.


And given Toronto's weird obsession with rogue animals, everyone is strangely jazzed about the whole thing.

Tying to convince my boss to let me stop working for the day, head to High Park, and hunt capybara for the afternoon. No luck so far.

OMG best reason to be in High Park right now. Chance encounter with a Capybara

#Toronto you disappoint me...where is my escaped #capybara twitter account!!!

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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