PHOTO: World's Largest Rodents Get Their Own Capybara Spa in Japan
12/16/2009 AT 11:30 AM EST
Zookeepers came up with the idea of pampering these semi-aquatic creatures with a traditional hot bath that warms up to a sweltering 104 degrees – not only are the animals enjoying a little rub-a-dub-dub, but the spa spectacle has become pretty entertaining for visitors, too. On its Web site, the zoo, which is outside Tokyo, encourages people to reach out and touch them from behind a fence!
The zoo's family of capybaras, who live near water in nature and tend to hang out in groups, waddle together into the bath filled with Japanese rocks and water from a bamboo faucet, according to MSNBC. The trouble with a bath that's this soothing? One capybara had a hard time staying awake!
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