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Weird Critters.....

Whilst on the subject of Brazil.... does anyone know what this critter is?

The damn things were running round wild and I'd never seen anything like them before and have no idea what they were/are?

and a slightly better view....


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Jan. 10th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
Patagonische haas :)
Well it looks like one.
Dunno what it's called in English tho :)
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
a capibara.
Come to think ok it, it probably is a capibara :)

Seeing they live in Brazil and all that :)
There's some in the zoo in Antwerp as well.
Possibly in the zoo behind my house as well :)

*nodnod* I'm 99% sure it's a capibara by now :)
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: or
Thanks :)

I couldn't remember what my Brazillian friends told me they were at the time. The damn things were running around all over the place. Kept vying with the wild cats for scraps of food too. The cats generally won though as they were larger.
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
np :)
I'll double check in one of my many many wildlife books downstairs tomorrow :)
Can't do it now, or Merlijn (the cat) will think he's allowed to go upstairs again and get all sad when I go up without him.
I'm sure that they're not called capibara in Spanish or Portugese tho.
They might not even be called capibara in English, but it's what we call them anyway :)
They look a lot like a Patagonian Hare (literal translation of Patagonische Haas), but they're coat is a _lot_ sleaker, which is why I got mistaken at first.
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: np :)
I think it's too small for one of those. I believe it's a Mara - actually more closely related to a giant guinea pig than a dear. I could be wrong.

Is it like this?

Jan. 10th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: np :)
No. It's not as furry and isn't as rabbit like as the Mara.

Cheers for checking for me though :)
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: np :)
Jan. 11th, 2005 10:22 am (UTC)
good point :)
you might be right actually :)
I thought capibara because of the hind legs, but now you mention it, it might very well be a Mara.
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Where is Sir David Attenborough when you need him? ;o)
Not sure, they're a bit blurry. I can ask our resident Brazilian, Jose, tomorrow.
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
I know the pictures are not the best. The damn things wouldn't stay still long enough (or close enough) to get a good picture of them. When I'm back over there this summer I'll be taking my digital camera so hopefully I'll be able to get some better shots then (not that I won't have many better things to do than chase around Brazilian rodents, but hey there might be the opportunity :-p)
Jan. 10th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Its a...

They're wicked.

Jan. 10th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Its a...
If they are then they are very small specimens.

I thought they could be to start with but their size put me off the idea. Unless the local authorities round them up when they hit a certain size and move them away from the city?
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
It's a Chupacabra!! Run for your lives!!
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
I'd like to say Capybara,
not that it is the creature, I just like the word.

I'm going with the goat sucker theory.
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
Its a capivara.

We eat them with mayonaise and a garlic sauce.
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
But they're rodents??!!!

Do you have a picture/link to the dish? I'd like to have a look at what they're like served up.

(Apologies if one of the links in your other post is the dish but my server at work won't connect to the manualdochurrasco website. I'll try from home later though.)
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
1. So what? Its an animal, its meat.

These are rodents too, but they're about a metre tall http://www.freepgs.com/vidaselvagemc/animaisdeaz/mamiferos/anta-america-sul.html

Rodent is just a word, its just a label. To not eat something coz of its taxonomy seems a wee bit silly to me.

Aren't rabbits rodents? People eat rabbits over here.

Out of curiosity, what genera of animals are acceptable to eat?

2. I was joking about the mayonaise and garlic sauce. Well, I imagine someone somewhere eats them with such condiments, but I have no details. The links where to pictures of and recipes for capivara dishes.

I'm getting hungry now.....
Jan. 11th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
Food is food at the end of the day. Almost everything is edible and somewhere there will be at least someone who'll eat it. One mans delicacy would make anothers stomach turn.

I was only joking about the 'eating rodents' part of the earlier mail. :p
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
the third one looks really tasty
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
...it's a very small hippopotamus.

Jan. 11th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Clearly...
i vote pygmy hippo
Jan. 11th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
it's a tiger.

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