Patagonian Cavy Pup Debuts at Central Park Zoo

Cavies are the fourth largest rodent in the world, reaching about 18 inches in height

Thursday, Aug 25, 2011  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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A Patagonian cavy pup is the latest addition to the Central Park Zoo.

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A 2-week-old Patagonian cavy is the latest addition to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo. 

The yet to be named pup joins parents and older sister in the Tisch Children’s Zoo. 

Though they look like rabbits, cavies are rodents whose closest relatives are guinea pigs.

They are common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina and other areas of South America.

Cavies are the fourth largest rodent in the world, reaching about 18 inches in height.

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