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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Sereque or agouti, like a rose, still smells the same

FAMILIR FIGURE gets a couple of names

Posted 6/30/10 by Pelican Paulie

WE SEE IT hopping along the golf course and crossing roads to disappear in the woods, or sitting on its hind rabbit legs holding food like a squirrel nibbling something round that falls from trees. But what do you call these cute little guys? The best we could find is “agouti” and/or “sereque” both of which describe pretty much the same animal perhaps with minor variations. Wikipedia tells us the common agouti describes several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta, like we need to know that. They inhabit Middle America and are related to guinea pigs except for longer kangaroo or rabbitt rear legs and front paws resembling that of a squirrel, eating food practically in the same manner.

They are called “sereque” in Mexico, it is said, and are shy in the wild but can become trusting in captivity. They take readily to water and swim well, in case you were wondering. They eat fallen fruit, leaves and roots and, surprise, surprise, can climb trees to eat green fruit. They are known as the only species able to open Brazil nuts without tools, given their strength and sharp teeth. We’re told they will sometimes eat shellfish and eggs of nesting birds, which causes one to wonder if they prefer sunny side up or scrambled.

Family oriented, Agoutis have two to four young after a 3-month gestation. Some species have two litters a year while others live the good life and breed all year long. The young, born in burrows lined with leaves and hair, are pretty much formed at birth and, like gringo tourists at an all-inclusive, can be up and eating in an hour. Interested parties have plenty of time to forge a friendship with these shy critters since they can live for 20 years, longer than man’s best friend, the dog. And for you lovers of the language, the Mexican agouti’s proper name is Dasyprocta Mexicana.

Anyone with something to add to this scientific exploration, please, be our guest and favor us with a comment.


FOR THE UNINFORMED, the building being constructed on the main drag and adjacent to the sea lion and manatee pools is coming along as part of the transformation of the Dolphin Discovery operation, one of Puerto’s main attractions. We’re told the building will

GOING UP is new retail and registration center for swim with the dolphins.house Discovery’s new retail center, which will move from offices adjacent to the Pub Restaurant , which then will become commcercial office space. Besides retail and vido sales, the building will be the point of registration for ”swim with the dolphins.” The building represents the final segment of a facilities consolidation that has already included expansion of the outdoor food and seating court next to the sea lions, which is open to the public but primarily for Discovery patrons. A parking lot was expanded across the street on the golf course side for buses and vehicles servicing the dolphin swim.

There has been a change in administrator for the centro commercial association and the Pelican will try to get more on that for the August issue. Also, it seems PA can be expecting some new decorative lighting around the dolphin pool island as part of general refurbishing.

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