Monkeys and rodents and birds, oh my! Golfers won’t be the only guests at Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic course for the 2016 Summer Games.
The Gil Hanse-designed track has provided extra green space for a variety of native Brazilian furry friends, including owls, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and more.
Oh, and capybaras. According to The National Post, you can expect to see a lot of them over the course of the Olympics, as golf course grass is a favorite midnight snack of the oversized rodent.
“There are also three-toed sloths, monkeys, boa constrictors and caimans, a small crocodile that doesn’t usually grow beyond five feet in length,” The Post says. “They frequent holes 2, 3, 5 and 9.”
But some of the animals might actually become part of how the golf course plays next week: Mark Johnson, director of international agronomy for the PGA Tour, told the Post that corujas, a ground-nesting owl, like to burrow holes about 8 inches in diameter.
“The players won’t be too upset, they’ll just get a free drop,” said Johnson. Take that, lift, clean and place!
The Opening Ceremonies are live from Maracana Stadium Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The men kick off competition Thursday, August 11, with the women following the next week, Thursday, August 17. (Exotic!) Animals on the golf course: just one more reason to tune in to Olympic golf.