The largest species of rodent in the world has given birth at Chester Zoo .
A baby capybara, which has not yet been sexed, was born at the zoo on October 19 and at just over two weeks old, the tiny youngster can already walk and swim on its own.
Capybaras are semi-aquatic mammals and originate from South America that can grow up to almost 1.5m in length and weigh up to 60kg.
Dr Nick Davis, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo, said the new arrival was 'tiny'.
"It follows mum on adventures across the paddock, only weighing a few hundred grams at the moment but, in time, it’ll grow into a really chunky rodent," he said.
"While the capybara is not currently classified as an endangered species, it is hunted and poached for its meat and skin, which can be turned into leather.
"So it’s important that our new arrival helps us raise the profile of this often overlooked species.”
The scientific name for the capybara means ‘water hog’ and their bodies have been specially adapted for swimming - with webbed feet and their eyes, ears and nostrils, located on top of their heads.
They are able to stay submerged in water for around five minutes to help avoid detection by predators such as jaguars, anacondas and caiman in their native South America.