March 1, 2011

The Tepezcuintle - In Costa Rica...

The paca is a large rodent that inhabits an ever-shrinking area in Costa Rica. The animal is hunted for its tender meat and is often captured to be bred in captivity. This activity is highly illegal in Costa Rica, although some people can get breeding permits under special circumstances.

Costa Ricans give the paca a funny name, tepezcuintle, which is often pronounced tepezcuinte.

**Pictures taken off the internet.


8 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It is so cute, too pretty to eat! Diane

Leesa said...

Diane,

I FULLY agree with you... It's illegal but someone here in their neigbourhood breeds them for meat and that's how I learned of this animal.. I saw the guy in the cage rounding up the animal to take to sell....
Soooo sad!

Anonymous said...

Oui c'est le voisin qui l'a manger !

Lesley said...

The fur looks so soft and pretty. But I suppose that it's a 'dangerous' animal and full of passengers. Not pet material.

Leesa said...

Alex- Non, je ne pense pas- Je pense qu'il le vend pour gagner de l'argent!

Lesley- I don't think they're dangerous..
What do you mean by passengers- fleas?
It's a wild animal, not a pet, but I can imagine that people keep them as pets as mice, rats, hamsters, and chinchillas, which are all in the rodent family, as well!
" ) Leesa

the fly in the web said...

My neighbour cooks them on the BBQ.

The meat is a bit stringy.

Leesa said...

The fly in the web---


Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
Really?!! Whoa-- I imagine your neighbour goes out and catches them, too... ! : )

Jaz said...

I actually ate this in Honduras, it is also illegal there but no police force in the mountains means that people don't know/don't care.

I can't blame them. Although I was reluctant to try it... it was delicious. Hands down one of the most tasty cute things I have ever eaten :(