Taronga Zoo Has Set Up A 24/7 Capybara Live Stream
Taronga Zoo has been kind enough to show us what some of the animals have been getting up to during lockdown.
The Sydney-based zoo has set up a free live stream of one of its enclosures and it's getting a lot of attention.
You can now see what the zoo's five capybaras, named Pedro, Sanchez, Guillermo, Carlos and Rodney, do all day and night.
Capybaras are a strange looking animal that hail from South America. It's the largest living rodent in the world and they are a highly social species, with researchers sometimes stumbling across groups as large as 100. While we aren't able to see these peculiar animals in the flesh, we are now able to see what they get up to.
The zoo says on its website: "Over the coming weeks Taronga will be bringing its two beautiful zoos directly into your living room!
"Tune in daily to see your favourite animals, meet our friendly keepers and learn what goes on behind the scenes at Taronga while our zoos are temporarily closed."
The zoo has set up other live-stream cameras at enclosures holding tigers, otters, elephants, meerkats and seals.
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So there is literally hours upon hours of stuff you can watch and YouTube's playback feature allows you to wind back the clock to see if you've missed anything while you've been sleeping or watching another enclosure.
Zoos and aquariums have been getting up to all sorts of mischief during the coronavirus pandemic. One facility in America gave its resident sloth a tour of the different enclosures and it seems like the dolphins went absolutely wild for it.
An aquarium spokesperson told Bored Panda: "We frequently give the animals a chance to 'meet' each other as a form of enrichment, which helps keep them active in body and mind.
"As some of our most popular animals, it seemed an obvious choice for our sloths and dolphins to get a chance to see each other while we were temporarily closed.
"We have another sloth, Xena, but on that day, she was more interested in sleeping than meeting the dolphins!"
Classic sloth energy.
The three-year-old sloth named Chico was taken around to different parts of the zoo, where it got to meet some ducks, seahorses, a shark and some fish.
"Besides making for some fin-tastic photo ops, these animal interspecies meetups are just one of the many ways we are "closed but still caring" during the COVID-19 situation," the spokesperson continued.
"Along with enrichment opportunities for our animals, our staff is still busy at work preparing meals for and feeding the animals, maintaining their habitats, and looking after their health and medical care, to name just a few tasks."
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