Capybara is euthanized at Albuquerque BioPark Zoo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The last capybara on exhibit in the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo has died.

Zoo officials say an 11-year-old female capybara named Ginger was euthanized Thursday because of age-related spinal issues and impaired mobility.

They say Ginger had been under treatment for back problems and her condition worsened in recent weeks.

She came to Albuquerque in October 2002.

Native to the dense tropical forests of Central and South America, zoo officials say capybaras are the world's largest rodent and can weigh up to 130 pounds.

With webbed feet, they are excellent swimmers and spend much of their time in the water.

Capybaras live 8 to 10 years in the wild.

KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/Rvkbnq) reports that the Albuquerque zoo doesn't have immediate plans for bringing in a new group of capybaras.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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