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Giant rodents named Bonnie and Clyde on the run in Toronto

#CapybaraWatch now trending on social media
Posted at 1:20 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 16:25:04-04

Apparently, there is a giant pair of rodents on the loose in Canada and the #CapybaraWatch hashtag is now trending.

National Geographic says that the pair escaped three weeks ago on May 24 from their enclosure at Toronto's High Park Zoo. Since then, the city's residents have taken to the streets (and social media) in an attempt to help officials find the pair who are nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde.




And, of course, someone established a Twitter account for the rodents on the run.



The capybara is a native of South America and are the largest rodents on earth. In the wild, they can weigh as much as 175 pounds and grow to more than four feet long.

The zoo says that the biggest danger for the pair right now is probably being hit by a vehicle. However, if they manage to stay on the loose until winter, they run the risk of freezing to death because they do not possess the necessary fat reserves or thick coats needed to survive a Canadian winter.

One of the rodents was potted swimming this morning in High Park.


The zoo has set traps in an effort to capture the pair and the mayor of Toronto has joked about forming a search party, according to City News.

Sidenote: Despite the names of Bonnie and Clyde, both of the rodents are female.