This is a rather deceptive photo. Here you can see the male Tayra lounging in his tire. Actually, he was sleeping in there non-stop while we were there, but this one was really the one minute of luck in which he didn't just open his eyes but lifted his head.
Why deceptive, you ask? Because while he's out there, his girl was inside - with her newborn babies
They really are a very productive couple, having nursed perhaps about 3 litters since we've been coming here. These babies weren't announced yet, so when we came a month later and saw these teeny tiny heads poking out - the pups being a tad too adventurous than their mother would like - it was a pleasant surprise. These guys are so incredibly cute as babies, and we've seen them growing up. becoming more boisterous and playful, and kind of a menace for their parents Their antics make it really hard to get a good photo (also considering the enclosure, which has a lot of dark spots), but sometimes it's good to just watch and enjoy
Latin name: Eira Barbara
Originates from Central and South America.
Current status: Least Concern
Did you know:
…The indigenous people often refer to the Tayra as “cabeza del viejo”, meaning “old man’s head” due to their wrinkled facial skin.
…They have a light patch on their chest, and the fur on their neck and heads can change from brown to grey (or black to brown) as they age.
…In Central and South America, they are also known as Tolomuco, Perico Ligero, Irara, San Hol and Viejo de Monte.
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I didn't really think of the similarity until you mentioned it, but I totally get where you're coming from. Tayras area bit darker in coloring, fairly smaller and of a slimmer built, and more climbers than ground dwellers.