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Published on May 9, 2014
Sugar Tree, Pancake, and Cantaloupe meet the Maras for the first time and some halter training for the Maras. The lambs are pretty sleepy. Just a typical Friday afternoon. http://www.camelsandfriends.com CLICK SHOW MORE
These deer-rabbit like looking animals are Patagonian Maras. They're originally from Argentina and are desert dwelling large rodents. They're just babies now and get much larger. They're unusual, as in nature they are only found in Argentina. I thought they would be a great addition here, as they're natural climate is very similar to my own. I'm bottle raising them to hopefully take to schools, nursing homes and other local events to allow people to get a hands on experience with these very unique rodents. They are rare where I live and it took me a long time to get them- which happened to fall on the same time that Snow Cone's lamb needed to be bottle raised- so now the whole house is literally hopping with babies.
More about Maras
Maras mate for life! It's important they stay with each other. These two; although I just got them are already very bonded with each other very much.
They seem very smart and I think I can halter train them to make it safer for them to be out in public.
Their adult weight is around 20-35 pounds and they're body length is about 30 inches!
They're inside the house with me now, because they're just too tiny and vulnerable to be outside. Plus, it helps me to train and socialize them with other animals. Eventually, they'll have a large natural outdoor enclosure.
They are herbivorous and should have a varied diet.
They are in the genus of the cavy family, but they are the only representative of the Dolichotinae subfamily.
They are a LARGE rodent, similar to a Capybara.
They are prey animals to foxes and raptors mainly in the wild. Humans also kill them to use their skin for rugs and blankets.
I'll keep you up to date on their growth and development and hopefully they're successful training and socialization. It's hard to believe just how big they're going to get...
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