Large Rodents Roaming Rio’s Olympic Golf Course
A rodent is stealing the spotlight from Olympic golfing.
After 112 years, golf returns to the Olympics in Rio, but the cute, native rodents called Capybaras are the talk of the fairway, causing many Olympic golfers to pause practice and take pictures of the animals exploring the course.
The semi-aquatic animals are native to South America and are the largest rodents in the world, standing about 61 centimeters and weighing up to 45 kilograms.
“They chew down on the grass at night,” Mark Johnson, director of international agronomy for the PGA Tour told The National Post. “There are about 30-40 of them inside the course perimeter, but they live here and we play golf here, we co-exist.”
Golf has not been an Olympic sport since 1904.