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Capybara: Hydrochaeridae

Capybaras And People

Capybaras are hunted in the wild by humans for their meat and skin, which is used to make wallets and purses. They are also raised on ranches, much like cattle, for their commercial value. Their meat when cooked is said to taste similar to pork or chicken but with a slight fishy flavor. Its fat is used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals (medicinal drugs). Capybaras are considered agricultural pests in some areas because they raid crops of fruits, vegetables, and sugar cane.

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