Capybara youth short sleeve tee by Bella + Canvas woven with super-soft 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. Side-seamed with tear-away label. Retail fit. No sweatshop/eco-friendly production.
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Original artwork © 2020 Samara E. King & TwoBee, LLC rendered in color pencil.
The Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is a giant rodent native to South America - the largest living rodent in the world. Their scientific name comes from the Greek hydro (water) and choiros (pig). Though not a ‘pig’ - the capybara is related to guinea pigs. They can weigh more than 100 lbs and grow to be 4 feet long - much larger than their guinea pig relatives! Capybaras can reach speeds of up to 21 mph and are equally capable in the water. Capybaras have partially webbed feet, which help propel them through the water. Like a hippo, the capybara’s eyes, nose, and ears are located on the top of their heads, allowing them to peek above the surface for a breath of air or to check for predators. When threatened, capybaras will jump into the water and hide beneath the surface and can hold their breath for almost five minutes!