Rodent Of Unusual Size Stalks Calif. Water Plant

Workers at a waste water plant in central California were taken aback when they saw a huge rodent swimming through the facility's ponds. The capybara is the world's largest rodent. It has a famously docile nature so fish and game officials say they'll let the animal roam.

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Picture a husky beaver, then think rat. Workers at a waste water plant in central California were taken aback when they saw a huge rodent swimming through the facility's ponds. It proved to be a rare visitor to California - a capybara, the world's largest rodent native to South America. It can grow up to two feet high. But since it has a docile nature, fish and game officials say they'll let it roam.

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