Monday, April 2, 2012
Despite what the American press (Washington Post) is currently reporting, the pet animal released today by the FARC in Colombia with its owner, one of 10 former prisoners of the FARC, is not a capybara; it is a javelina (or peccary, basically a wild pig). Not sure how good a pet a capybara would make; the ones I've seen don't seem to do much. A javelina though is smart enough it might be all kinds of fun. Anyway, will be interesting to see how long the U.S. press continues to misidentify the animal as a capybara, and to what degree that error is repeated in stories translated from English into other languages.