Guess the animal

Which animal is this?

While hiking on Fuerteventura we were able to see this fierce beast, waiting to pounce on its prey (full picture in the end of page).

This rather hostile looking creature was seen lurking around the sacred mountain of Tindaya

This rather hostile looking creature was seen lurking around the sacred mountain of Tindaya

Like many others, the animal on the picture has been introduced and is now considered a plague. The ecology of islands are especially vulnerable and the introduction of exotic species can be devastating for the native wildlife and Fuerteventura is no exception. It’s easy to get angry and curse them, but after all its not their fault but actually our own. Anyways, its difficult to be mad with them when they are such cute charismatic little fellows like the barbary ground squirrels, isn´t it?

Barbary ground squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulusin) Las Salinas, Fuerteventura.

Barbary ground squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulusin) Las Salinas, Fuerteventura.

Even though they are charming, we found them to be very misbehaved and to be without any manners whatsoever. They are completely fearless and climb people (often 5 at a time) and steal the food from your hand! Not so cute any more huh!

Brenda with squirrels in the crater of the volcano in Calderon hondo.

Brenda with squirrels inside the crater of Calderón hondo.

If Alfred Hitchcock would have visited Fuerteventura (post-squirrel introduction), I’m sure his famous movie “the birds” would rather have been titled “the squirrels” instead. They are a plague!

Alright so you want to see the rest of the clawed animal found in the top of the page? Here you have it!

The animal in its full glory!

The origins of the North African hedgehog (Atelerix algirus) is unknown, but its suspected to have been introduced by man on the islands.

The origins of the North African hedgehog (Atelerix algirus) is unknown, but its suspected to have been introduced by man on the islands.

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