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Jun 28, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Second capybara found and reunited with friends at High Park Zoo

Bloor West Villager

Bonnie and Clyde have been reunited.

High Park Zoo’s second fugitive capybara, who has been living in Grenadier Pond’s 35 acres since it escaped in late May, was caught sometime overnight. It is believed to be male.

“We have them both now. The new guy is resting quietly in the shed (at the zoo) to get him used to captivity,” Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette told The Villager Tuesday, June 28. “The vet has been in to see him and he’s doing well.”

The guinea pig-like creature was spotted over the weekend sitting on the shoreline of the pond near the maple leaf garden.

“We’ve known where he’s been since probably within a week of them going missing. This guy in particular, we’ve known where he’s been feeding for weeks so we’d given him a feeding station,” the councillor said, adding that this gave zoo keepers a chance to set up a live trap.

This one is much more skittish because he’s had a much larger environment to live in. The other one, captured earlier this month, had made a small duck pond its home.

“I got the call at quartre to eight this morning that it was in the trap,” Doucette said.

Chewy, the long-time lone capybara resident of the zoo, is no longer alone. Although, all three creatures are being kept separately for now, they can see each other through fences.

“We need them to settle, to get accustomed to the zoo,” Doucette said.

Chewy is set to go to another zoo where “there’s a lovely lady” waiting for him, she said.

Because Bonnie and Clyde were not together in High Park, “we don’t have little babies running around,” Doucette said.

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff appreciate the help of the Toronto Wildlife Centre, and volunteers, who were on hand for both rescues.

“It was an amazing team effort,” Doucette said.

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