Sad news from the Brandywine Zoo

Candace the capybara has passed away.

Capybara Candace at the Brandywine Zoo

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved capybara, Candace, who passed away on Wednesday March 20. She brought immeasurable joy into the lives of everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Candace began her life as a household pet over 12 years ago but became member of our zoo family in 2014. Due to her upbringing as a pet, Candace never fully acclimated to being around other capybaras and encountered challenges when introduced to others. Nonetheless, at the Brandywine Zoo, she thrived alongside various bird species, living her best life.

At a minimum of 12 years old, Candace surpassed the median age for capybaras in human care, yet recent radiographs revealed increasing osteoarthritis along her spine. This condition, characterized by bone spurs, resulted in discomfort, stiffness, and weakness in her legs. Despite our efforts to manage her pain with medication, it became evident that Candace was no longer comfortable, spending more time lying down. Consequently, after careful consideration by our veterinary and animal care teams, it was decided that humane euthanasia was in her best interest.

Candace’s story served as an educational tool, shedding light on the complexities of exotic pets. She embodied the challenges and responsibilities associated with such animals, becoming a poignant ambassador for wildlife conservation. Her unique charm and endearing personality touched the hearts of guests and staff alike, leaving a mark on all who encountered her. Candace will be deeply missed.

Capybara is a mammal at the Brandywine Zoo
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