Capybaras enjoy 'yuzu' hot bath

A zoo in central Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture has treated its capybaras to a warm bath filled with citrus fruit to help the giant rodents endure the cold weather.

The Ishikawa Zoo keeps six of the rodents. The animals are indigenous to South America. Many winter visitors like to watch the capybaras bathe outdoors.

Zookeepers placed aromatic yuzu citrus fruit in the hot spring bath on Tuesday. The capybaras munched on vegetables, as they soaked in the water.

One zookeeper said visitors were unable to watch the capybaras bathe last year, as the zoo had to be closed, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the staff members want people to return this year. The outdoor bath is due to remain open until next April.