According to Wikipedia the Capybara ...

They also regurgitate food to masticate again, similar to cud-chewing by cattle

which would lead you to think that they conform to the Torah laws of only eating that which cheweth the cud (Like cows do), but they are rodents, I am unsure how that features into kosher certification.


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    They would need to also have split hooves. Otherwise they're no different than the camel, hare and rabbit (or hyrax), all of which are specified in the Torah as not kosher because they chew the cud but don't have split hooves.
    – Meir
    Commented May 23 at 13:42
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    I first read this as Chupacabra... lol
    – bondonk
    Commented May 23 at 13:49
  • I see they have The feet of capybaras are partially webbed and have four digits on the forefeet and three on the hind, and all have strong claws.
    – Neil Meyer
    Commented May 23 at 13:49
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    R' Slifkin wrote about capybaras judaism.stackexchange.com/q/52645/759
    – Double AA
    Commented May 23 at 14:16
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    Incidentally, their smoky flavor is especially good in soups and stews Commented May 23 at 14:41

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The Da'at Zekenim, based on Vayikra 11:27, writes (on that verse) that although there are many animals who have split feet, nevertheless if they don't have hooves, they are impure.

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    My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.
    – shmosel
    Commented May 23 at 17:20

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