Thursday, May 19, 2016

Toronto Cops put out APB on 2 Capybaras on the lam - Update II

Chewy, the zoo's remaining capybara, sans girlfriends.
A covert stakeout involving a trail of corn, a recording of capybara noises and two park staff brandishing animal nets fizzled out Wednesday night, as a pair of runaway rodents remain on the loose in High Park for a third day.
The would-be capybara trapping scheme only managed to attract a group of raccoons. Park staff still think the missing capybaras, both six months old and around 14 kg — are submerged in a nearby creek.
Zookeepers have hatched a plan that they hope will lure two capybaras back into their enclosure tonight. The plan is simple: zookeepers will lock another capybara in one area of the animals’ enclosure, but leave the gate to the pen open along with food and recordings of capybara calls.

One of the fugitives was spotted near their enclosure in the park at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. The elusive rodent escaped before staff arrived. “They’re very good at not being found,” an official noted. Daytime search efforts are being scaled down because the rodents are shy and dislike loud noise. Mayor John Tory expressed a tongue-and-cheek disappointment that Toronto's ‘raccoon nation’ has not come forward with information on the capybaras’ whereabouts.

“But they are in a state of war with us because of the new green bins, and so they’re not co-operating"
Residents in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood are being asked to be on the lookout for two capybaras that went missing from the High Park Zoo on Tuesday.

Toronto police issued an advisory around 9 a.m. after the dog-sized animals escaped their pen.
The animals, which resemble a giant hamster, can weigh between 77 to 145 pounds as fully grown adults and are the largest rodents in the world.

They are not considered dangerous but they are “skittish” and people are advised to keep their distance.