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In Japan, Capybara Hot Springs Are Popular During Winter
By Valerie Chang, 03 Dec 2014
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Did you know there’s an annual capybara hot spring (also known as ‘onsen’) event in Japan during the cold season of the year?
On 20 December, capybaras get to have their onsen indulgence at the Izu Shaboten Park. While this has been a 32-year tradition for the park, capybaras in more than 20 Japanese zoos and animal parks can now rejoice at their chance to have hot water baths at their respective locations.
The capybara hot spring idea reportedly came about when a zookeeper noticed the rodents huddling around a puddle of hot water to keep warm during the cold season. This soon became an attraction that people looked forward to every year.
Some zoos even have citrus fruit onsens for the capybaras, where the huge furry critters get to soak in nice-smelling water.
As with all attractions, the capybara hot springs are limited-time events, just to keep the animals warm during the wintry season. If you can’t get enough of the capybaras bathing, you might want to check out ‘#カピバラ露天風呂’ (a hashtag directly translated to mean “capybara outdoor bath”).
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