American arrivals

Maras at the Tropical Butterfly House'Egbert and Reggie
Maras at the Tropical Butterfly House'Egbert and Reggie
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ANIMAL keepers have welcomed two new arrivals at a North Anston attraction.

The two Patagonian maras called Egbert and Reggie, are the latest arrivals at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre.

Maras are the fourth largest member of the rodent family, after capybaras, beavers and porcupines.

Normally found in Argentina, maras are also found in other parts of South America, including Paraguay.

They are capable of jumping up to 6ft in the air and running at speeds of up to 18mph.

Abigail Carter, animal keeper, said: “Egbert and Reggie have become popular already and can be quite entertaining to watch.”