Peanut’s new taste for cuddles

Female capybara Peanut has surprised DZG  staff – by seeking fuss from our visiting Keepers for a Day.

Peanut and DZG’s other six capybara – the world’s largest rodent – don’t usually go in for much affection but just recently the seven-year-old mum has mysteriously turned very friendly to our special guests.

Hitting the spot – Keeper for a Day Bill Hickman (pictured above) from Wolverhampton was the first visitor Peanut lifted her chin for!

Ungulates Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Our capybara generally don’t trust keepers that much as they associate us with catching up with them for medical checks.

“But all of a sudden, Peanut seems to have clicked that our visiting Keepers for a Day means cuddles and she has regularly been lifting up her chin to get extra fuss.”

Jay said he hadn’t yet had chance to find out if he could grab a capybara cuddle but said keeper Adam Wrench, pictured below, had been approached by Peanut for attention.

He added: “It is very surprising behaviour as they are not normally creatures who crave affection, but it’s also really interesting. We’ll have to watch if dad Pumpkin and the rest of the family follow suit.” 

Peanut lets Ungulates Keeper Adam Wrench offer some tickles

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