Toronto Zoo was left with feelings of embarrassment and anger when a pair of Capybaras, the largest members of the rodent species, were able to escape their security measures and run off into the park.
The Zoo officials went on a full-scale search mission to find the runaways, which were subtly named Bonnie and Clyde as partners in crime. One is a male and one is a female, but since they’re young at just 6 months old, it’s hard to tell which one is which.
One of the duo of animals was reportedly found and recovered last Sunday in the park’s Southeast corner near a drainage pond, while the other remains at large.
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Officials are using tracking methods and tips from passerby sightings to attempt to find and capture the animal to return it back to its post.
They’ve tried a myriad of methods to capture the first animal, including but not limited to blitzing and clearing the population from areas of the park to lure it out, but it seems to be a smart little critter and is avoiding the capture attempts.
“(The second) one’s going to be posing its own challenges,” said Ben Lovatt, a local museum owner who has participated extensively in the chase to capture the animals. “We’re giving it some time. This one’s going to require a lot more study and observation before people actually go in.”
There have reportedly been some sightings of the second animal that are believed to be credible, but the team is still working on tracking the animal down in the supposed sighted areas.
While on duty at their jobs, personnel are not only carrying out their daily duties, but are also keeping their eyes out. As they rely heavily on sightings, they’ll respond quickly to any known sightings of the animal.
The current location of the second Capybara remains unknown at this point in time.
Source: National Post