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World's Largest Rodents Making Their Home At Rio's Olympic Golf Course

RIO DE JANEIRO (CBSNewYork) -- The world's largest rodents are making the Olympic Golf Course in Rio their home.

The semi-aquatic capybara which, according to the San Diego Zoo, can be between 3 to 4 feet long, stand 2 feet tall, and weigh between 60 to 174 pounds, have been roaming the golf course.

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Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger spotted one of the creatures, which is native to South America, during a practice round on Tuesday.

"They're massive. I saw some pictures, but I didn't expect them to be that big," Garcia told

Rickie Fowler told ASAP Sports that he would not want to get into a scuffle with a capybara.

"Well, there's definitely some places in the world we go and wildlife is very prevalent and you see some different stuff than you're used to seeing in the United States," Fowler said. "Capybara being the largest rodent, as they say. It's a decent-sized animal. I wouldn't want to get in a fight with it, that's for sure. …If I was capybara, I mean, I'd love to live there at the Olympic course."

Fowler also talked about caimans being in the area, as reported they have been seen in a large pond on the golf course. They are part of the alligator family and have a fin on its backs.

"There's some caimans cruising around and I'm definitely going to stay away from them. It's cool. Like I said, they have done a great job with the golf course, keeping somewhat of the natural habitat," Fowler said.

Olympic golf tees off on Thursday.

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