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By Andysnapper

Another from the South Lakes Safari Zoo, a Tayra, a member of the mustalid family as are weasels, stoats and otters.
Tayras have an appearance similar to weasels and martens, growing to a size of about 60 cm (23.6 in), not including a 45 cm (17.7 in) long tail. Most tayras have either dark brown or black fur with a lighter patch on its chest. The fur on its head changes to brown or gray as it ages. Tayras grow to weigh around 5 kilograms (11 pounds), ranging from 2.7 to 7.5 kg (6-16.5 pounds).[3]

Tayras travel both alone and in groups during both the day and the night. They are expert climbers, and can leap from treetop to treetop when pursued; they can also run fast and swim well.

Tayras eat mainly rodents, but also consume carrion, other small mammals, reptiles, birds and fruits. They live in hollow trees, burrows in the ground, or terrestrial nests made of tall grass. Tayras are opportunistic eaters, hunting rodents and invertebrates, and climbing trees to get eggs and honey. In Central Brazil they are called "Papa Mel" (honey eater). They are attracted to fruit and can be found raiding orchards. They also have a sweet tooth for Pygmy Marmoset

An interesting instance of caching has been observed among tayras: a tayra will pick unripe green plantains, which are inedible, and leave them to ripen in a cache, coming back a few days later to consume the softened pulp.

Tayras are playful and easily tamed. Indigenous people, who often refer to the tayra as "cabeza del viejo", or old man's head, due to their wrinkled facial skin, have kept them as household pets to control vermin. Sometimes, they attack domestic animals, such as chickens.

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Tags: General Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2015 7:32AM
A beautiful creature with an intelligent expression very well captured here. If I lived in Brazil I would have a pet Tayra!
Bantu 7 7 1 India
15 Apr 2015 7:38AM
Andy cool,so close a great capture.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2015 8:42AM
how unusual
never seen or heard of them before
johnke Plus
8 228 17 England
15 Apr 2015 9:01AM
Very cute Andy and looks alert to you, a great pose, well done...John
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2015 10:34AM
A very interesting and informative narrative supported by a wonderfully charming capture of this beautiful animal. Superb detail and colouring. A joy to view Andy.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
terryxc 8 7 England
15 Apr 2015 4:58PM
Stunning capture and great bit of info...

netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
15 Apr 2015 7:35PM
Never seen one before,
A great shotSmile
15 Apr 2015 10:39PM
Thanks for the commentRY, Never seen one of these,''

what a beautiful image with lovely light and wonderful colours great capture, SmileSmileSmileSmile

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