Monday, January 21, 2008

A herd of javelinas

Yesterday evening, a herd of collared peccaries, also known as javelinas (for their sharp, straight, javelin-like tusks) came meandering by our windows here in the guest house. There were about oh, twelve of them, including one tiny little reddish baby about a foot and a half long, very cute, and a youthful one with adult coloring (grayish, but without the white collar yet), about two and a half feet long. The adults are around three to four feet long, with enormous heads in proportion to their bodies. One sow had a white blaze on her back. Very shaggy, somewhat pig-like in appearence, they look cute but tough at the same time.

We had been assured that they were about, but the only signs we saw were javelina droppings and munched plants. We were beginning to think they were mythical. But lo, they are real! And of course, our camera still was conked out, so you'll all just have to take my word for it.

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