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2 capybaras still on the lam after escaping from Toronto zoo

Bonnie and Clyde are on the lam in Canada! And by "Bonnie and Clyde," we mean the escaped capybaras from Toronto's High Park Zoo, who have been missing since Tuesday morning. The furry couple took off while being introduced to their new enclosure at the zoo, currently occupied by lone male Chewy.

Capybaras are the world's largest rodents, weighing up to 200 pounds, and are related to guinea pigs. They love to swim and can remain submerged underwater for up to five minutes. This has made it easier for Bonnie and Clyde — both 6 months old — to stay hidden in Toronto's swampy High Park, where the two were last spotted around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Since their disappearance, Bonnie and Clyde have become minor celebrities on Twitter in Canada, inspiring parody accounts, a video game and even a new hockey logo.

Bonnie and Clyde have also welcomed fellow capybara Willow into the spotlight. Willow, a female from Hands On Exotics animal rescue, joined 30 of the zoo's staff in the search for the rodent runaways and appeared on Toronto's Metro News.

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But Bonnie, Clyde and Willow aren't the first capybaras to break the Internet. JoeJoe the Capybara is an Instagram star with almost 100,000 followers, while the capybara species as a whole has been featured in several Buzzfeed articles and celebrated in a lively tradition of memes. Renowned for their side eye, these rodents of unusual size combine sweetness and sass in their online presence.

At the park! #capybara

A photo posted by JoeJoe (@joejoe_the_capybara) on

Not to mention, have you ever seen a baby capybara? Once you have, you'll immediately understand why the zoo brought in Bonnie and Clyde to reproduce.

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So who are we to stop these Canadian fugitives from finding freedom? Here's to these un-capy-bearably cute creatures and their honeymoon on the run!

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