I was in the jungle the other day and saw this animal coming towards me. I did not scream as it was not charging me, but simply walking around looking for food. The person who was with me laughed and said that it was a "chiguiro". It looked like a wild boar, but he again laughed and said on no it is like a rabbit. Now just imagine that a cross between a boar and a rabbit, but as I began to feed it out of own hand, I realized that it's teeth were very much like those of a rabbit. They, more came up to be fed, were very docile and their coats were thick and course. Their feet were webbed and they ate the plantains we offered with no hurry, just as was their pace in all that they did. I did notice that they had a pig like tendency when they ate. Their slobber was covering their faces and they had no can to clean it off. The plantain that now covered their face was just leftovers for later.
In the rest of my journey into the jungle on this day we encouraged monkeys in the wild. I have been to monkey island several times now, but this was different. The monkeys were simply happy to sit in the tree and watch us. The were curious about us, but not enough not make an entrance. They were happy just hanging out and watching. There were several different varieties of monkeys that I saw. There were tiny ones and large ones and spider monkeys. It was great fun to just watch the trees and look for them.
Finally, I also saw a couple of scarlet macaws. They were both beautiful and curious about us. I took a lot of pictures of them and then I guess one of them got tired of me and decided he had enough, so he charged at me. I almost peed my pants. I just know he could break my finger in half had he wanted to.
Oh well that is enough for today. I will share more later, Make sure you check out the new pictures
in the blog, you might even see a chigurio.