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. 🙂 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.