Rio de Janeiro, Aug 13 (IANS) Golfers taking part in the Rio Olympics are getting used to sharing their playing course with a furry pig-sized rodent known as Capybara.
Capybaras, which can weigh up to 70 kilos (154 lbs), are indigenous to the Marapendi natural reserve, where organisers decided to build the course for the first Olympic golf tournament, reports Tass.
Sociable animals, the Capybaras don’t hesitate to stroll the course, investigate the holes and sun themselves in the presence of golfers and spectators.
While some players have been surprised by their presence, the Capybaras are not believed to be disrupting the competition.
And some golfers have even taken the opportunity to snap photos with the giant rodents.
When the Olympics end, the course will be open to the public under the management of the Brazilian Golf Confederation.