Rio’s Olympic golf course is overrun with sloths, crocodiles and the world’s largest rodents

Rio's Olympic golf course is overrun with sloths, crocodiles and the world's largest rodents

The sand traps will be the least of the golfers' worries. The Golf Channel recently explored the Olympic golf course in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio, an upscale region nestled on the lakefront. While that makes for a picturesque setting, it also means the grassy slopes are a veritable Noah's Ark of Brazilian wildlife. Spotted so far on the links are: sloths, caimans, boa constrictors, mico monkeys, burrowing owls and 40 capybaras, the largest rodents in the world.

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