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The maras (Dolichotis) are a genus of the cavy family. They are the sole representatives of the subfamily Dolichotinae.[1] These large relatives of guinea pigs are common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina but live in other areas of South America as well such as Paraguay. Maras are the fourth largest rodent in the world, after capybaras, beavers, and porcupines, reaching about 45 cm (18 in) in height.


The Patagonian Mara is a large rodent that lives in southern South America. The species is listed as Near Threatened due to habitat loss and hunting.


Patagonian Mara mother and baby ♥ The Patagonian mara, Dolichotis patagonum, is a relatively large rodent in the mara genus (Dolichotis). It is also known as the Patagonian cavy, Patagonian hare or dillaby. This herbivorous, somewhat rabbit-like animal is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia.

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A large rodent that looks sort of like a rabbit, sort of like a donkey. The Patagonian Mara lives in Central and Southern Argentina. Maras inhabit arid grasslands and scrub desert.

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Fast friends: Abandoned dachshund puppies snuggle up to one of world's largest rodents at animal refuge

Cute story... The abandoned doxie puppies and the capybara, known as Cheesecake, became acquainted at the Rocky Ridge Refuge, an animal rescue group based in Arkansas.