A video depicts a new species of green capybara.
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The claim went viral after wildlife photographer Bruno Brack posted a video with the caption that the green capybara, or “Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris viridis,” was a recently discovered new species.
Social media users responded with excitement and delight at the prospect of the new species.
Misbar’s investigation found that, unfortunately, there is not a new green-hued species of capybara. After his tweet took off, Brack posted a second tweet clarifying that the capybara in question were covered in duckweed and algae and thus were not signifiers of a newly discovered species.
Here’s a video of capybaras in a hot tub, just because.