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These are Patagonian-cavies...native to Argentina and they are roaming one of our neighborhoods in our community. Apparently they were someone’s pets and got out. They are here illegally. They are vegetarians and can run up to 50 miles an hour. They can also get to be about 2 1/2 feet tall. They are rodents. The State of SC says this is a serious situation. They will not go after humans or other animals but will hurt you if you try to catch them. Very sharp teeth and their kangaroo looking back legs are like chain saws.

They have mates for life and reproduce almost as or as fast as rabbits.  This could be a serious ecological problem for our state and could pass on to other states.  

A man that lives up the road from where I live in a tiny town called Modoc, SC brought two in illegally (not the two that are here in my town now)and the state of SC fined him either $10,000 total or $10,000 a piece (not sure).  

The state (in Columbia) is aware of these two and plan on trying to catch them alive.  Now what they will do with them afterwards...I have no clue.  These are apparently pretty tamed since they were raised as pets.  I say take them to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.  

** The front part of their head looks like a deer almost then the middle of their body looks like a rabbit sort of...the hair...then the back legs look like kangaroo legs.
Apparently when they are small they are guinea pig looking and very cute.  People get them and they get to be about 2 1/2 feet tall.  They run very fast...almost 50 miles an hour.  Wow!!  

People in this subdivision have been going to whereever they are and taking pictures.  A friend of mine said they were in her parents front yard the other day just eating.  

They are vegetarians.  

Strange creature isn’t it??



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • I’ve never heard of them or seen anything like it! And, they‘re a rodent? My gosh. I do hope that once they‘re caught they are kept safe somewhere or sent to their native enironment. They didn’t ask to be brought in, I don’t think they should be killed.  

      And, that guy who brought them in the first case, I think that not only should he be fined heavily, and I mean heavily, but he should be tried for animal cruelty for subjecting them to their fate.



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • I agree chocolatier....I would not want to see them killed.  The state is going to try everything they can to catch them alive.  

      After researching a bit...I’m finding out that they have been brought in to other parts of the country as well.  But if they really start reproducing here in our country...we could have major ecological problems here...due to eating all of the vegetation up.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • You bet. We have a deer problem here from people bringing on island for hunting. They reproduce like mad. You wouldn’t believe the herds of them that run through my yard all hours of the day and night.

      I’ve abandoned my garden.



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      Sunshineliz wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Wow...what strange looking animals. I hope they can be captured, found a proper home and cared for before it gets out of hand.



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Here is another picture of what they look like...



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Aw, i like them!! I hope they do the right thing. Catch them and set them free in their natural home! Poor babies...



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • We have a book called Cappyboppy about one of those little creatures or something similar - I think it is called a cappybarra? Part of the same family. In Princess Bride they are called ROUSes = Rodents of Unusal Size.
      LOL
      They look like rat-rabbits don’t they? I hope they can catch them too. We have a place near my house called Noah’s Ark where there are many rescued illegal pets. Lions, Tigers, Monkeys, and lots of excotic birds. It is a neat place to visit, but it amazes me that so many people, without thinking, will bring a wild animal into their home. I used to dream of it when I was a kid, but it isn’t very practical or safe!



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