The Tortoise & The Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop’s Fables. In full disclosure the two photos I used might contain one photo that sort of looks like a hare but is actually a Patagonian Cavy. ūüôā The other photo is indeed a tortoise. Both were taken as the Southwick Zoo in Mendon, MA.

The Patagonian mara, is a relatively large rodent in the mara genus (Dolichotis). It is also known as the Patagonian cavy, Patagonian hare or dillaby. This herbivorous, somewhat rabbit-like animal is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia. It is monogamous, but often breeds in warrens that are shared by several pairs.

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Patagonian Cavy 01

 

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5 thoughts on “The Tortoise & The Hare

  1. You are sure getting great pictures. Also glad the zoo has some animals I have never heard of or even seen so you can share. Wondering where they have the animals in the winter when closed?

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