Grubbing about

Dirt is good

This little guy, unfortunately captive, is the absolutely adorable pet of one of the members of the Arutam Shuar community. He was allegedly found in the forest and is being reared into strength before he is released again.

He is however, pretty much domesticated, climbing on humans and following them as they work. Makes me doubtful he’d ever be wild again.

In Spanish, he is officially a cuchucho, a typical animal found in the Oriente, Ecuador’s Amazon basin. He is rather fun to watch, as he digs about for grubs and insects. Note: His claws are exceptionally sharp, as I found out when I got too close while he was mid-grub.

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