Vulture Feasts on Ticks Pulled Straight From A Chilled-Out Capybara

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 22, 2023
Share on:

The usual slogans of the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and the way to a woman’s heart is through chocolate and flowers may ring true for humans. (Not really, but for the sake of those slogans, that’s how it goes.) However, what do you think rings true for the way to an animal’s heart?

In the case of this video posted below, Fernando Pérez Piedrabuena found a large capybara and a vulture side by side in Cerro Pan de Azúcar, Uruguay. He knew he was about to capture something funny, so he grabbed his camera and started to film. 

Check out the Amazing Video Below!

This large capybara is just merely chilling out in the sun. Only this chilled-out capybara has been infested with dozens, if not hundreds, of annoying ticks that have made residence on his body. 

39,390 People Couldn't Ace This Quiz

Think You Can?

Suddenly, a vulture comes swooping down and merely stands next to this capybara. Only he’s not there just to say hi. He can sense the ticks that are on this large capybara. And he would like to eat some of the ticks off of this animal.

Most of us might think that if any animal starts to poke at another animal, a fight might ensue. However, for this chilled-out capybara eating the ticks off his fur might just be the way to his heart. 

As we watch the video progress, we see this vulture slowly pick away at the ticks one by one on this capybara. A few times, we comically see this capybara lift his head and close his eyes. As if he is at the spa and enjoying it.

At one point, this capybara even lays down and rolls on his back to allow the vulture to get every part of his body. 

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) Facts

Capybara Teeth - Incisor

Their two front teeth continue to grow each year.

©Ian Peter Morton/

As we saw in the video posted below, capybaras are no strangers to having ticks on their bodies. While on video or in pictures, capybaras might look cute, and don’t get us wrong they are, they are by no means small animals.

Capybaras are anywhere from 100-130 centimeters (39-51 inches) long and weigh as much as 30-70 kilograms (66-154 pounds). 

These large mammals that largely reside in South America are herbivores and, as such, will feast on grass, aquatic plants, and bark. The capybara’s largest known predators are jaguars, caimans, and the harpy eagle

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Henner Damke/

Share on:
About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.