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Was it a deer? A kangaroo? Nope: a really big rodent

April 16, 2008 |  5:55 pm

Cavy And you thought high school was boring?

A couple of Milwaukie (Ore.) High School students made a bizarre discovery on the way to school Tuesday morning.

At first, they thought it was a little deer or maybe a small kangaroo but after making some calls, they found out it is actually a Patagonian cavy, the world's fourth-largest rodent.

Check out this update from Portland, Oregon's KATU.

The Portland Oregonian weighed in for those who couldn't stop asking: What's a cavy?

The cavy (pronounced cave-ey), a rodent closely related to the guinea pig, comes from Argentina and the surrounding area. There are more than a dozen species of cavies and hundreds of thousands of the animals in North and South America.

-- Alice Short

Photo: Portland Oregonian

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