Animals on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
No nut is too big for squirrels in Costa Rica - a coconut is just quite enough for a quick lunch.
The Variegated Squirrel is often seen on the Nicoya Peninsula, scurrying through trees, playing around, or excitedly defending its favourite tree against competitors.
The Agouti looks like the bigger version of a guinea pig. It feeds on fruits and seeds which it stores in the ground, thus helping to disperse the seeds. When frightened, the agouti will erect his long hairs on his rump, thump his hind feet on the ground, or run away with high-pitched barks.
Though frequently seen in former times, agoutis are becoming rare nowadays.
Wild running dogs kill agoutis, anteaters, coatis and other native wildlife. Dog owners should act responsible.