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The Viscacha that Lives in Machu Picchu


One of many animals that’s a part of the fauna of Machupicchu is the Viscacha. It’s a rodent that populates the Andean areas of Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile.

As a consequence of its colour and dimension it is rather much like a rabbit and due to the tail to a squirrel. It has thick hair throughout its physique, together with the ears and tail. At maturity it weighs a few pound and a half. Its meals is predicated on herbs or fruits. In Peru, particularly, it eats the wild grass “ichu” which is plentiful within the excessive elements of the Andean world the place the geography is shaped by mountains of nice dimension. That is precisely the place they stay. They use the grey mountain stones to camouflage themselves from doable predators because the colour of their fur is darkish grey.

Within the Inca interval, this animal was not domesticated. The viscacha was at all times stored wild. It was frequent to hunt them and to spin their fur so as to fluctuate the colours and tetures of the materials that had been made then. These days the viscacha pores and skin could be very beneficial within the black market of various locations, particularly in Argentina. Per week, they harvest greater than 10 tons of viscacha pelts used to make coats, purses, and extra.

It is extremely frequent to see viscachas within the citadel of Machupicchu. They stay hidden among the many rocks the place they make their nests. You see them once they exit to solar themselves on high of the rocks. Nevertheless, to see them it’s a must to have an eagle imaginative and prescient as a result of their pores and skin colour blends with the stone and so they scurry very quick once they hear noise. Because of this it’s a bit tough to take an image.

These rodents have a gestation interval of 120 to 135 days. They stay in teams of as much as 50 and make tunnels below the rock formations. These have a number of entrances as a result of in the event that they escape they will enter by any of the entrances to allow them to keep away from being simple prey for predators.

One other issue that leads individuals to hunt this rodent is the scrumptious meat they’ve. The inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes and Argentina hunt it. Yow will discover quite a lot of dishes primarily based on the viscacha. They’re additionally hunted by farmer since viscachas usually eat the seeds and the vegetation the farmers sow.

In my view the viscacha ought to keep as an undomesticated wild animal, a free animal. We’ve got one other rodent now we have in Peru that now we have domesticated and eat, the cuy (guinea pig). It has scrumptious and protein wealthy meat. It’s raised by our individuals and its consumption ought to be inspired consumption. Not so for the viscacha since it’s a great species and lives in a pure state. It is likely one of the points of interest throughout the sanctuary of Machupicchu, a surprise of the world. Subsequently we should handle it and never extinguish it.

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