Tootsie is a Patagonian cavy or Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum) who came from a small breeder/petting zoo in Georgia that was getting out of the business and needed to re-home her. In the wild they eat mainly grasses, leaves, and fruits, and their diet at Noah’s Ark is very similar. We do supplement Tootsie’s diet with rodent pellets, as cavys are members of the rodent family. She is 6 years old (average life expectancy is 7-10 years) and weighs 17 lbs. Her favorite treat is sweet potato, although fresh, edible branches are a close second.