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Your morning adorable: Baby capybaras

February 14, 2009 |  8:17 am

Young capybaras explore their habitat at a zoo in Germany

These babies are capybaras, cousins of guinea pigs and chinchillas, and though they start out small (these babies are pictured at about a month old), they can grow to weigh 140 pounds.

The word capybara is derived from a Guarani word meaning master of the grasses, although its scientific name, hydrochaeris, is Greek for the much less impressive-sounding water hog.

Capybaras are semi-aquatic mammals that can be found in the wild in many areas of South America (although these are residents of Germany's Hannover Adventure Zoo).

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Holger Hollemann/EPA

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