Friday, September 19, 2014

The Mapache (for September 18th)

Sometimes, someone shows a slide in a lecture of an animal one would just love to get to know ... As Wikipedia would have it, this South American beauty's name "proviene del n├íhuatl mapactli, "que tiene manos", debido a la ya descrita capacidad prensil de sus garras delanteras" - though one can't quite see this capable, useful hands for human heads.  It's like a small raccoon, or a coati (I adore coati ever since I met them at the Iguacu Falls - though come to think of it, I haven't exactly run into a lot recently).  Such lovely burglar-stripes around his eyes ...

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